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'Art by the River' Exhibition at The Boatshed

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I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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Art, Devonshire & High Tea combined by the water.

The Boatshed at Woronora is holding in conjunction with Southern Art Connections an Art Exhibition titled "Art by the River" from Saturday the 21st of February to Sunday the 8th of March.
Jim and Janets 2014 exhibition at The Boatshed courtsey of Southern Art Connections..

All of the paintings displayed has been painted by local palette knife artist Jim Flood and is closely supported by his wife Janet Flood, who has created some amazing pottery and they are putting on this exhibition to help raise much need funds for Hospital by the River.
A small selection of some of Janet Flood amazing pottery.

Not only can you come down to the Boatshed at Woronora and view some creative art, you can also come along and join the artists for Devonshire Tea at 2pm on Saturday 21 February for the official opening of the exhibition.

If you are unable to make the opening, you could come along to the High Tea on Saturday 28 February at 3pm. Cost is $25 with $5 of this to go towards the fundraiser. Bookings are essential as places are running out.
Come along to the high tea. It's all home made by Jane Bell from the Boatshed.Photo courtsey of Southern Art Connections.

During the exhibition Jim will be demonstrating the art of using a palette knife. I have been informed that Jim will be at the Boatshed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. For more information I would suggest you ring (02) 9545 2584 to check.

Jim demonstrating to a budding artist Ethan. Photo courtsey of Southern Art Connections.

Jim was born in Sydney, Australia in 1941. In early childhood he showed a natural talent for sketching, drawing and painting and this has been his continuing passion throughout his life. After leaving school he served an apprenticeship as a letterpress and flexographic printer and then using this technical background moved into sales in the printing industry.

Jim studied art with the late Bill Golding and Otto Kuster and found oils to be his chosen form of expression. He was drawn to the use of the palette Knife to produce the textures he wanted to achieve and is a member of Southern Cross Art Group.

Over the years, he has studied the landscape with its many hues and colours and has developed his own distinctive painting style. Jim's impressionistic, modern, traditional paintings encapsulate the colours of Australia and reflect his great love for the land, sea and waterways.
One of Jim's creations. "Everglades Creek". Photo courtsey of Southern Art Connections. wrap="0

Jim is particularly fond of our native gum trees in all their mystery and majesty and recreates the feelings he experiences amongst bushland settings, capturing on canvas the peace and contentment he enjoys.
Some of Jim's handy work.

Wow! Check out those colours

Jim's work is featured in private and corporate collections throughout Australia and Overseas. He has held solo exhibitions, been featured artist and conducts master classes, workshops and demonstrations. Jim has also exhibited in international art exhibitions in Paris and New York.

Click here for more information.


The Star Boatshed was built around 1946 by Arthur Makin and his daughter Iris. Although it has been owned by several families since, it has been operating as a boatshed since its construction and has enabled many people to enjoy the Woronora River for over 60 years.

Although known locally as simply "The Boatshed", it has had many names in the past including the Star Boatshed, the Woronora River Boatshed, the Woronora River Canoe Centre and Allstar boats.
The Boatshed at Woronora is where it's all happening.

Several schools have made use of The Boatshed's easy facilities for many years. Students from Jannali High, in particular, have been regular visitors for over twenty years and still participate in this enjoyable form of exercise and appreciation of the environment.

Today The Boatshed at Woronora has been given a fresh look that nevertheless retains its old world charm and its facilities have been updated to enable both boating and non-boating enthusiasts to enjoy a leisurely day on the river. Not so very different from a century ago!
Maybe you would like to explore the area in a canoe?


Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) is an Australia charity which was created at the request of Dr Catherine Hamlin to raise funds exclusively for the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, five regional centres', the Hamlin College of Midwives and Desta Mender, a farm and training centre for long-term patients.
Photo is courtsey of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Australia.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) is the only organisation in Australia authorized to represent the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team in Ethiopia. Dr Hamlin is our patron.

While Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and is home to the African Union, Ethiopia carries an enormous population of poor people and is struggling with a lack of health services and infrastructure.

For a population of almost 100 million, Ethiopia has less than 200 obstetrician/gynecologists and less than 5,000 trained midwives.

A woman dies every two minutes due to pregnancy and childbirth related complications. Most of these largely preventable deaths occur in low-income countries like Ethiopia and in poor and rural areas. There has been much improvement though, with this horrific death toll being halved in the last 20 years, from one woman dying in pregnancy or childbirth every minute, to one every two minutes. There is still much work to be done.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is working towards the eradication of obstetric fistula from Ethiopia altogether. This is through treatment, rehabilitation and the training of midwives.

For more information click here.


By Public Transport: Catch a train to Sutherland station, which is on the Illawarra line. As you leave the station, turn to your left, cross the road and take the steps down to the bus interchange. A number 965 will take you to Woronora and the Boatshed.

By Car: The main road over the Woronora is via a sweeping, high level concrete bridge and starts its journey (on the northern side of the river) at the junction with the Illawarra Road at Menai, although there is an access point for local Bangor traffic part way along.

Almost immediately after crossing the river, there is a slip road to the left before the road climbs the hill to Sutherland. The first left hand bend is deceptively tight after the long downhill right hand curve of the bridge, so take it easy, and especially as it is followed by an even tighter left hand bend to go back under the main road. About 50 metres or so further and Prince Edward Park Road is on the left. If you find yourself taking two more sharp turns (right and left) and then crossing another bridge, then you have missed it.

Assuming you didn't, continue along Prince Edward Park Road until you pass the RSL club on your left and cross over Forbes Creek. From here you will see the distinctive blue Boatshed on your right. Taking the next turn to the right and immediately the first driveway on the right should have you pointing pretty much down the parking area.

Parking on-site for a dozen cars or so, at no charge and additional parking for cafe and boating customers is generally available on nearby streets. A larger car park is located directly opposite the Boatshed on the RSL side of Forbes Creek.

For more detailed information on how to get to the Boatshed at Woronora. Click here.
You never know what hidden treasures you may find at the Boatshed at Woronora?

One of Sydney's best kept secrets lies in the leafy grandeur of Woronora. A river valley, possessing pristine waterways, deep valleys and peaceful surroundings, it's a place of great beauty offering canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, picnics and bushwalking.
While down there you might like to feed the local wildlife?

Now you can also take in some art while joining the artists for Devonshire or High Tea, while listening some music and helping raise funds for a worthwhile charity and for a small donation be in with a chance to win one of Jim's amazing paintings.
For a small donation you will be for a chance to win one of Jims paintings.
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When: Saturday the 21st of February to Sunday 8th of March 2015
Phone: John Bell (02) 9545 2584
Where: The Boatshed 131 Prince Edward Road Woronora
Cost: Free and open to the public
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