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by Gayle Beveridge (subscribe)
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Published December 23rd 2014
A Mecca for Artists and Art Lovers

Silverton is a mecca for artists and art lovers alike. The outback landscape rich in colour, the endless vistas, and sunsets beyond description beg to be preserved on canvas and these artists do that job well.

Silverton, Howard William Steer, Artist, Art Gallery
A Holden Ute with original paintings by Howard William Steer

Albert Woodroffe and John Dynon are both resident at Silverton and you may have the opportunity see them at work.

Art galleries and artists dominate this historic, near ghost town.

John Dynon Art Gallery

John Dynon's Silverton Art Gallery is in a most unusual corrugated iron shed. It is heralded by a painted VW, splashed and dribbled in vibrant outback colours, with paint cans and tubes stuck upon it. The shed is surrounded by a fence made of bicycles, and a yard filled with curiosities is labelled 'The Silverton Beer Garden'.

John Dynon, Silverton, Artist, Gallery
The unique sign for the John Dynon Gallery

This abstract exterior is in contrast to the paintings inside, Outback landscapes and sunsets brushed by the most skilled of hands, wildflowers captured in detail, old buildings, waterways and glorious sunsets.

John Dynon, Art Gallery, Silverton, silverton Beer Grden
The bicycle fenced yard at the Jon Dynon Art Gallery

The John Dynon Art Gallery is at 2 Stuart Street, Silverton, NSW. Silverton is 25 kms north west of Broken Hill along Silverton Road.

More details can be found at www.johndynon.com.au/gallery or by telephoning (08) 8088 6785, mobile: 0429 079 700 or by email: artfunk@johndynon.com.au

The gallery is open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

Horizon Gallery

Albert Woodroffe is in a sense a pioneer, having been one of the first to set up a gallery in Silverton in 1987. The Horizon Gallery is one of the oldest in inland Australia. It is unmistakably identified by the corrugated iron camel emerging from the side of the building. When we visited a life size metal kangaroo was at rest under the verandah in front of the gallery.

Horizon Gallery, Albert Woodroffe, Silverton, Artist, Gallery
The artistic frontage of the Horizon Gallery

The gallery, where Albert Woodroffe maintains a studio not only exhibits his work but that of many other artists including the late Bronwen Standley-Woodroffe, Clark Barrett, Warwick Fuller, Lindsay Womersley, Jennifer Harnett, Laima Politis with James Evan Jones. Also displayed are sculptures and ceramics, glass and woodwork.

Horizon Gallery, Albert Woodroffe, Silverton, artist, gallery, outback
Inside the Horizon Gallery (Image: www.silverton.org.au)

Consistent with all the displays at Silverton is the high quality of the work, very much hidden outback treasures.

The Horizon Gallery is at Layard Street, Silverton, NSW. Silverton is 25 kms north west of Broken Hill along Silverton Road.

More details can be found at www.horizongalleries.com.au/gallery and www.silverton.org.au/horizon.htm or by telephoning: (08) 8088 5331 or (08) 8088 6025, Fax: 61 (08) 80 88 5331 or email: artspace@bigpond.com

The gallery is open from 9am until 5pm seven days a week. It is closed only on Christmas Day.

Justin Cowley's Art Studio

Justin Cowley's art studio is at the Silverton Outback Gallery on the hill at Silverton. In the street outside is a painted Ford Ute, titled 'Silverton Artist's Ute'. On its bonnet is a painting titled 'Pub Crawl' and on its roof, a metal spider sculpture.

Justin Cowley, Silverton, Artist, Gallery, Outback
A Ford ute painted by Justin Cowley

Justin Cowley's studio is at 19 Stirling Street, Silverton, NSW. Silverton is 25 kms north west of Broken Hill along Silverton Road.

More details can be found at www.facebook.com/SilvertonOutbackJustinCowleyGallery Telephone: (08) 8087 2002.

The gallery is open 9am to 5pm, daily.

The Silverton Outback Art Gallery

Perched high on a hill overlooking this surprising town is the Silverton Outback Art Gallery. The stone building with brick floors looks solid enough to withstand the ages.

Outside is a jeep covered in bottle tops and elsewhere on Stirling Street, two VW's painted with Peter Browne's wide-eyed emus, and a dunny door and a Holden Ute featuring paintings by Howard William Steer.

Peter Browne, Silverton, Artist, gallery, outback, Broken Hill
A VW painted with Peter Browne's wide-eyed emus

The gallery displays and sells paintings and sculptures by a variety of artists and prints, souvenirs and gifts are also for sale. You will find original work by John Dynon, Peter Browne, Justin Cowely, Leo Smanioto and Mick Andrich.

Silverton, Art gallery, outback, Broken Hill
Inside the Silverton Outback Art Gallery (Image: www.silverton.org.au)

The Silverton Outback Art Gallery is at 19 Stirling Street, Silverton, NSW. Silverton is 25 kms north west of Broken Hill along Silverton Road.

More details can be found at www.silverton.org.au/pbrowne.htm Telephone: (08) 8087 2002.

The gallery is open 9am to 5pm, daily.
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Why? To see for yourself these wonderful works of art by outback painters in an astounding Australian landscape
When: Any Day - See article for individual gallery opening times
Phone: (08) 8088 7566 Silverton Visitor Information Centre
Where: Silverton, NSW
Cost: Free or gold coin donation
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