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'Empty Nesting' Exhibition at Fox Creek Wines Cellar Door Gallery

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
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An art exhibition is an experience of looking at life through someone else's eyes. The artist presents a unique vision and style that reaches across ages, time and place.

A good artist can present visions and ideas within multiple stokes of a pencil or brush.

I find myself at Fox Creek with a mixture of admiration and envy combined for the experienced artworks on show.

Fox Creek Cellar Door
Fox Creek Cellar Door


The Artist - Christina Kerkvliet Goddard.

Christina was born in Victoria and raised in South Australia, she grew up amid the active art scene of the late 1960's and 70's.

Early childhood coloring-in books (Disney were the best), evolved into drawing and at 7 years of age she was selling her drawings for 20 cents for feature of her works on admirer's fridges.

In her 20's she achieved her Certificate of Art, followed by her BA of Visual Arts, Uni SA. Many years of arts practice saw brief teaching jobs, commission work, experimental art installation exhibitions – both outside and in mainstream, and community contribution.

In 2009 Christina was accepted into RMIT'S Master of Fine Art Program in Melbourne, Australia of which has confirmed for her that being an outsider is not a bad thing!

Artwork from Empty Nest Exhibition
Artwork from Empty Nest Exhibition


Christina Kerkvliet Goddard is now presenting a retrospective exhibition at Fox Creek Wines Cellar Door Gallery. The exhibition is described as an opportunity for Christina to empty her home studio of art works, to thereby facilitate the creation of an empty nest and reinforcing the reflective stage she has reached in her life.

She relates, "In my empty nest I am surrounded by 'house music' via waves of colour; singing memories that bounce off bare walls now clear of muddy traffic and gothic glares; filtering down, into the next generation where welcome little hand prints linger longer on their heritage glass. Here I can dance, love, sing and take flight, free from conformity and restraint. Regeneration and new life is at hand."

Opening Night with centre piece artwork Crow's Nest
Opening Night with centre piece artwork Crow's Nest


The Empty Nest

A nest conjures up images of making a home, however rustic the materials.

The empty nest then is left dormant, as in the seasons a time of dormancy, which leads on to rejuvenation.

One of the highlights of this exhibition is the cover art for the exhibition entitled Crow's Nest (2014). This work is not for sale, but generated a lot of interest.

Opening Night
Opening Night


Opening Night

The Empty Nest exhibition was opened on April 12th, with an event attended by many of the artists family and admirers.
The empty nest theme was touched on by the opening night speaker John Hill, retired Health and Arts minister. John spoke of the twenty-five years of work of the artist and ensuing perspective of time.

Crow's Nest
Crow's Nest


The Artworks


The artworks on view uses a variety of media including knits, weaving, sculpture, drills, drawings, paintings, plays and denotes comment on the many stations encountered throughout Christina's domestic and professional journey.

The exhibition is on from April 1 until May 28, 2014.

The exhibition space is the Fox Creek Wines Cellar Door. This venue has a homestead feel about it, with its deep verandah out the back, slate windowsills and fireplaces. It also has a delightful cottage garden and some top wines on offer.

Fox Creek Cellar Door
Fox Creek Cellar Door


A trip to the Fleurieu, McLaren Vale wine district, has many temptations. The country vistas of vines amidst the homestead winery mixed with the works of a rich artistic talent is pretty hard to beat.

Fox Creek cottage garden
Fox Creek cottage garden

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Why? A trip to the Fleurieu with the works of a rich artistic talent is pretty hard to beat.
When: April 1 - May 28, 2014
Phone: (08) 8557 0000
Where: Fox Creek Winery Cellar Door / 140 Malpas Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171
Cost: FREE
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They certainly have lovely gardens at Fox Creek Winery don't they? And clever timber emus in amongst the flowers. I was there last weekend.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4055) 1674 days ago
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