Artists for Conservation
2017 AFC Annual Exhibition
It is with great delight I share that both "Nebula" and "Otter Here" have been selected by the eminent jurors to appear in the 2017 AFC Virtual Exhibition in Vancouver, Canada; and also appear in their Annual Hardback Book, which is available for sale to the public.
2018 Silent Skies
In addition, so very excited to be painting 4 pieces for this fabulous event:
Silent Skies is an international collaborative super-mural mosaic featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world by AFC Signature Members only (painters and sculptors). The installation will be the artistic centerpiece of the Congress, Ornithological Congress 2017, prominently displayed in Vancouver's magnificent waterfront Convention Centre - the focal point of the 2010 Olympic Games and next to the cruise terminal.
Port Stephens Art Prize 2017
"Any Port..." has been awarded "Highly Commended", and "Bache No.1 in G Major" has sold!
The Lakeside Festival 2016
"Any Port..." has just been awarded 1st Prize for Painting (any media).
The Longworth Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe
So delighted to be participating in a joint exhibition with the eminent Mr Charles Frizzell during the Wine & Chilli Festival in Santa Fe - come and say hello on Friday 29th September 2017 for demonstrations in the morning, then join us from 5pm to 8pm for live music, lovely wine and nibbles. We will also be flinging some paint around on the weekend as Artists in Residence on Saturday, do come along and watch our completely different styles in watercolour!
Click on: the picture above, The Longworth Gallery and Facebook to visit
Click on: Project Orangutan - help raise funds and awareness for the plight of our endangered Orangutans
Aug 2018 - AFC Ornithological Congress Mural, Vancouver, Canada
Aug 2017 - AFC Annual Exhibition, Virtual
1 Dec 2017 - 31st Jan 2018 - Solo exhibition at Hallidays Point Library, NSW, Australia
29th Sep 2017 - Joint exhibition with Charles Frizzell, The Longworth Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
10th - 19th Mar 2017 - Port Stephens Art Prize Exhibition, NSW, Australia. Awarded "Highly Commended"
17th Nov 2016 - 15th jan 2017 - "Confluence", Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, NSW, Australia
3-5 Nov 2016 - The Lakeside Festival, Forster Tuncurry, NSW, Australia. Awarded 1st Prize Painting (all media) for "Any Port"
Aug 2016 - ongoing - The Longworth Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
May 2015 - ongoing - Museum of Contemporary Art, ArtPlu, Shanghai, China
20th Mar - 3rd Apr 2016 - Great Lakes Art Society, Gallery, Forster, NSW
8 May-6 Jun 2015- Yungaburra Village Artists 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Tablelands Regional Gallery, Atherton
10-25th Apr 2015 - Cairns Art Society 10th Artists of the North, Tanks, Cairns
9-16th Dec 2014 - Project Orangutan, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst
21st Nov - 21st Dec 2014 - Cairns Art Society's 67th Annual Open, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, QLD
2-3 Nov 2014 - Lakeside Festival, Forster, NSW
2-31st Oct 2014 - Hallidays Point Library & Gallery, NSW
Jan 2014-Jan 2015- Tolga Woodworks, Qld
Jul 2012 - Student Exhibition, Cairns ArtEscape, QLD
Aug 17 - The Santa Fean Magazine, New Mexico, USA
Aug 17 - Advertorial Fine Lifestyles Magazine, New Mexico, USA
Apr 17 - Editorial & Front Page, The Twin Town Times, NSW
Apr 17 - Mar 18 - Guest Life Magazine, New Mexico, USA
Nov 16 - Advertorial in Focus Magazine, Manning Valley; article in Manning Times
Aug/Sept 16 - Editorial in the Santa Fean Magazine, NM, USA
May 16 - Editorial in Southwest Art and Fine Lifestyles Santa Fe,
Apr 16 - Advertorial in Southwest Art and Fine Lifestyles Santa Fe, Guest Life Magazine
Oct 15 - Feature in Focus Magazine, Manning Valley
Sept 15 - Advertorial News of our World
Sept 15 - Front Cover IAPA Inaugural Magazine launch, Kerala, India
Artists For Conservation (signature member)
Cairns Art Society
Yungaburra Village Artists
Queensland Wildlife Artists Society
Queensland Watercolour Society
Watercolour Society of Australia
This story was featured in the May 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art May 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.
The effects at play in Sandi Lear’s watercolors might be called loose, free, colorful, or ethereal. Lear herself, however, uses the phrase “essential allegorical representationalism” when discussing her aesthetic. “I choose my subject as it strikes an allegorical chord, then I capture its essence and paint it in a representational style,” says the Australian artist. “I always include a hidden message in my work—something that holds the viewer’s attention, asking, why is it there? What is the story here? I merely suggest, inviting the viewer to form an emotional connection, to imagine his or her own story.”
Approximately 20 of Lear’s thought-provoking watercolors are on view in an ongoing exhibition at The Longworth Gallery on Canyon Road beginning April 1. A reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 27.
Lisa Rodgers, gallery owner, says Lear’s compassion spills out onto her paintings. “Her deep connection with nature, the ocean, and water is obvious in her work, and also with endangered species,” she says. Lear, who contributes to conservation efforts, reveals that certain subjects evoke an “upswell of emotion” in her. “When I select a subject, such as HOPE, it is because there is something there that needs to be said,” the artist says. “We had the death of Cecil [the lion], which to me was diagnostic of all that is going wrong in the world. The allegory is twofold: celebrating the incredible royalty of his bearing and mastery of all he surveys—while in an invisible enclosure—but gazing up to the heavens as if in plea for mankind to save him.”
One of the other thrills for the artist is experimenting with the medium of watercolor. “Allowing it to do its thing means that temperature, humidity, angle and characteristics of the paper, pigment, and water have to be considered,” she says. “FLARE represents the passion I have for watercolor, and the relationship I have with these organic substances—water and earth (pigment and paper), air (which influences drying time) and fire—the passion for the piece.” —Jessica Canterbury
Featured in the May 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art May 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.
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