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Published March 4th 2017
What can an abandoned station master's house be used for?
Gawler Community Gallery in the old station master's house at Gawler Railway Station
The Gawler Community Gallery was opened in 2006. It is operated by Gallery members and other volunteers to exhibit a wide variety of art and craft from local artists. The Gallery is housed in the Station Master's House, part of the State Heritage listed Gawler Railway Station Precinct. Entry is free but any money dropped into the donation box is much appreciated.
Gawler Railway Station in the 1800s. Photographer unknown
The Gallery has four exhibition rooms, two downstairs and two upstairs. Artwork on display is for sale. New exhibitions are held every six weeks so you never know what you will see when you visit.
There will certainly be paintings, will they be oil, acrylic or watercolour? Will they be landscapes, old houses, flowers or abstract? At a recent exhibition there were paintings done using resin giving them a 3D effect
Sketches could be still life, landscapes, animals, people or fantasy. They may be done in pencil, pastel or charcoal.
There is likely to be 3D art of some type. There may be limestone sculpture or jewellery boxes, wood carving or clay pieces. Perhaps there will be functional bowls thrown on a pottery wheel or hand built items.
But wait, there's more. On some occasions there is a display of textile art. Even a scarecrow. Yes, there has recently been a scarecrow. His friends will be hanging out at the Barossa Vintage Festival. Sometimes there is wearable art, other times quilts or fabric pictures.
There is plenty of variety to admire, especially when there is an art competition or the biennial Gawler Art Award. The Youth Unframed Exhibition is becoming a popular competition, giving young people under 18 the opportunity to see their artwork in a real gallery.
The gift shop, first door on the right as you enter, has some very affordable paintings, jewellery, pottery, knitted items (some in footy colours), cards, pens and more for sale. The friendly volunteers will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
The Gallery shop has a wide selection of one off items for sale