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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.
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'.
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.
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: email@example.com
The gallery is open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.