The Warringah Printmakers Studio at Manly Vale is all about safer printmaking techniques, as well as creating safer work practices when it comes to print art. The Warringah Printmakers Studio is a not-for-profit association that offers classes, workshops and annual art exhibitions where members, committee or otherwise, have a chance to sell their creative works. Otherwise these people are volunteers.
The first day of the recent Warringah Printmakers Exhibition started on the 17 November 2012, and I was fortunate to have been there to cover the exhibitions opening at the Sydney Antique Centre Gallery at Surry Hills. As you arrive at the gallery's entrance on South Dowling Street, you need to head downstairs and follow the signs to the gallery area.
The art is rather inspiring - some of the most amazing prints I have ever seen. Even if you're not into antiques, you will appreciate this art space and the surrounds. The artworks on display are rather creative. A lot of hard work had taken place at the actual Warringah Printmakers Studio. The prices of each artwork (framed only) range from $125 to $720. With these price ranges, this was what I was able to observe on the day, including some high quality print artworks that would liven up any living space.
The great thing about art is that it is open to interpretation. Naturally some pieces of art would have resonated with you more than other pieces would have. This is natural. Some of the images I have taken at the exhibition have been hand picked based on some that resonated with me at first sight, and both genders have been equally represented in the art space. I have deliberately not quoted the prices on these pieces underneath the relevant image. Why? These art pieces need to be seen live at the gallery, with your very own eyes, in order to be appreciated.
This is art that is thoughtful, clever, stunning, simple and intriguing. The committee members are on hand to answer any questions pertaining to the art, the studio and the event itself on site. Unframed artworks are also available for sale. There is a sales advice that states that any framed works purchased should be left in the gallery 2-3 weeks after the exhibition opening date. In that case, if you wish to purchase any framed artworks, you will need to ask for a red dot (for each purchased artwork) from the cashier to put underneath the artists label where the price is mentioned. That way other attendees know that this piece is only available to look at, admire and appreciate. Unframed artworks can be taken home on the day, however you are kindly advised to not walk around the exhibition with the artwork in your hands. That way your 'investment' could get damaged, and the crowd turnout is spectacular despite a slightly smaller than expected art space.
Fantastic art worth visiting and sharing with other art lovers. A great social mecca, and while you're at it, spend some quality time looking at the rest of the antique and vintage items at the venue. This is one massive shop with a cute little cafe near the main entrance. One of Sydney's top exhibitions. An appreciation for print art beckons and stays with you. On from now until mid January 2013. That way a piece of art could also be a great Christmas present for someone. Next time, I am coming back with a bit more time and with a few of my friends that love and adore art. The gallery hours are from 10am to 6pm 7 days a week.
This is a good review of an exhibition of unique art prints by professional artists, tutors and students of the well respected Warringah Printmakers Studio located at Manly Vale. There are images to suit all tastes with charming animal and butterfly prints for children's bedrooms and stunning feature artwork for the home.