Italian Tapas Night & Art Exhibition at Denman this month

Book now for the next Italian Tapas night at Tartuca Espresso Bar Bistro, Denman on Saturday 12 October. This will be another extraordinary night filled with great food from another region of Italy, while viewing my solo art exhibition on display at Tartuca this month, & delightful music by Suspex! 21c Ogilvie St, Denman, Upper Hunter. Phone 6547 1030

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New Arts Zine – I am the Featured Artist for my Denman Exhibition

Eric & Robyn Werkhoven proudly launched their email ARTS ZINE on 1 October 2013. For the first monthly issue of STUDIO LA PRIMITIVE ARTS ZINE please email werkhovenr@bigpond.com

I appear in the first edition as the featured artist for my current exhibition at Denman!

Artists and writers are welcome to make submissions related to the Arts & subscribers are welcome to forward the Arts Zine on to other arts lovers Visit their website http://studiolaprimitive.com/

Social Life Magazine interview for Denman exhibition

Social/Life Magazine Newcastle interviewed me yesterday for my current exhibition at Chocolate Hills – Tartuca Espresso Bar Bistro !!
http://www.sociallifemagazine.com.au/#!margo-october-exhibition/c13wr

Is there a particular theme for your paintings displayed at the exhibition? and if so why?
A strong point for my first exhibition in the Upper Hunter is it’s diverse subject & style. The exhibition has a loose theme if any but this has helped in unifying the space in creating an unexpected and total environment in which to view the paintings, the exhibition & venue are in concert!

While not sticking to any one categorization – oscillating between surrealism, realism, abstract & expressionism, the works address topics that are genuinely specific to painting, such as light and composition, & colour which relies on precise calibration and subtle shifts in hue and tone to achieve its impact. I think this makes the exhibition unavoidably take up the space in a fabulous way and be in conversation with one another. I’m sure if they could talk I’d like to think my paintings could sing from the walls!

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Seeing other artistic or creative content is inspiring & leads me to paint more, whether it is a real subject or a vision that has flashed into my head. Nature also inspires me, as well as anything that can result in a happy, joyful or cheerful composition.

What kind of materials did you use to create the paintings?
I will use almost anything to achieve the desired finishes, including trimming paint brushes to pretty much only one bristle, skewers, sponges, toothbrushes, shaving brushes, & even eyebrow brushes! I have created a mixture of works on both canvas & paper. I’ve used watercolour & oil but mostly paint with acrylic. More recently I’ve found ink to be a great medium so stay tuned for the unveiling of these works!

Do you have a favourite object, view or theme you enjoy painting?
My work varies a lot from traditional to bringing forth experimental artistic approaches. I paint to my own taste & while not having one classification I draw more attention to the bright, colourful, vibrant, & mostly graphic elements. Topics vary from landscapes, nature, still lifes to abstract.

What do you love about art the most?
I enjoy the journey painting takes me on & the satisfaction when complete. What painting can be is about exploring, escaping, expanding & expressing. I’ve presented a generous body of work locally & having an ambition to produce so much more creativity can only broaden the audience & it’s a great feeling knowing that it is being appreciated.

Art Exhibition at Denman in October

My current solo exhibition is being held right now for the entire month of October at Chocolate Hills – Tartuca Espresso Bar Bistro, 21c Ogilvie St, Denman! Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-4.30pm; Sat-Sun 8am-4pm. If you’re travelling on the Golden Highway in these school holidays this is a great place to visit for breakfast, lunch, coffee or cake!

Here’s the photos:

Hunter Arts Network fundraiser through Newcastle Permanent

Mention Hunter Arts Network to help us raise funds! HAN is now participating in the Newcastle Permanent Introducer Program! It allows HAN to access $600 financial support every time a new loan is referred to Newcastle Permanent when Hunter Arts Network is mentioned in the application. HAN would like to call upon our network of members, stakeholders & customers to help secure the financial wellbeing of our non-profit incorporated organisation run by a committee of volunteers.

Visit www.hunterartsnetwork.org

Summer Art Bazaar at Civic Park, Newcastle – December 2013

Summer Art Bazaar
Saturday 7 December 2013
9am – 3pm
Civic Park
King St, Newcastle

I will be exhibiting & selling my paintings at my stall at Summer Art Bazaar.

Art Bazaar features original handcrafted goods from over 100 local Hunter Arts Network (HAN) artists.

The Hunter’s premier artisan & design marketplace, Art Bazaar, is held quarterly by HAN, which is a non-profit membership of Artists, Designers, Jewellers and craft people from the Hunter region.

Every Art Bazaar is spread out on the expansive grounds of the impressive locations.

Art Bazaars are FREE entry & there’s also be demonstrations, loads of parking, food, drinks & ATM’s.

Enjoy meeting the artists & designers who have carefully created for the reputable event providing access beyond the boundaries of the gallery.

It is an affordable opportunity for both the public & the creative people of Newcastle & the Hunter

Margo Humphries Debut Solo Exhibition

The debut solo exhibition by local Newcastle artist, Margo Humphries, is being held next month at Goodness Me Organics, Adamstown from 1 to 31 August 2013.

 

All artworks will be for sale. The exhibition compliments the café which boasts tasty all day brekky, lunch, smoothies, sweet treats and more plus quality organic ingredients to deliver a great coffee experience every time.

 

Goodness Me Organics is located at 617-621 Glebe Rd, Adamstown (Cnr Date St)

& is open Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm. Sat 9am – 3pm. Parking available in nearby Date Street Carpark. Visit http://goodnessmeorganics.com.au/

 

Margo was born in Taree & moved to Newcastle in 2003 when she was 23 years old. In 2009 Margo & her partner Matthew established their own business, Kasarn Designs, named after their daughter.

 

From an early age Margo always enjoyed drawing & painting & has found it to be a form of meditation where she enters into another world & feels relaxed & focused. When Margo was only 12 she entered the Walkom-Manning Art Prize where she won the “Children of the Manning” Youth Award with “Wingham Brush”.

 

Margo taught herself to paint by studying books and other artists’ styles.  Margo has developed her own style, painting many different subjects & experimenting with different techniques. Margo has experimented with different media, including watercolour & oil but prefers to work with acrylic. Margo is passionate about art & displaying her colourful abstract & landscape paintings. Margo’s visual vocabulary has made her known for her painterly style & vibrant canvases. The energy in her works appears to be limitless & she loves creating works that you could stare at for hours. For Margo, the creative voyage along the way is equally significant as the outcome.

 

Margo was selected as one of 10 artists for the Mattara Festival’s Inaugural Outdoor Art Exhibition & her “Look up in the Sky Tonight” was draped over Newcastle Panthers in October 2011. 10 buildings participated in the art trail.

 

In 2012 Margo’s T-Shirt Design, The Line Up, made the final 20 in Redbubble’s SXSW T-shirt Competition for New York band The Big Sleep. Also last year Margo joined the Hunter Arts Network committee as their “Social Media Guru” & helps in promoting their quarterly Art Bazaars.

 

Margo has also been involved in many community projects including the 2002 Peoplescape project & designing & creating street banners for Victoria Street in Taree in 1996.

Margo Humphries Debut Solo Exhibition at Goodness Me Organics, Adamstown
Margo Humphries Debut Solo Exhibition at Goodness Me Organics, Adamstown

SOLD! Two paintings

Here’s my two paintings in their new location which I sold at our garage & art sale on 22 June 2013 – “Green Swirls” diptych & “Surging & Rushing”

Here’s my two paintings in their new location which I sold at our garage & art sale on 22 June 2013 – “Green Swirls” diptych & “Surging & Rushing”:
Here’s my two paintings in their new location which I sold at our garage & art sale on 22 June 2013 – “Green Swirls” diptych & “Surging & Rushing”:

Winter Art Bazaar Success Yesterday

What a huge success Winter Art Bazaar was yesterday at Maitland Regional Art Gallery. We were so lucky to have so much sunshine & I also sold three paintings!

Here’s my stall:

Margo Humphries of Kasarn Designs stall at Winter Art Bazaar at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on 9 June 2013
Margo Humphries of Kasarn Designs stall at Winter Art Bazaar at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on 9 June 2013

Icing decoration on birthday cake

Here’s how we decorated the icing on our daughter’s birthday cake – Jackson Pollock/The Block style!

WATCH THE NEW PROCESS HERE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sossOFKufQ&feature=youtu.be

We invented a new concept for icing decoration for our daughter’s birthday cake. We drilled two holes in the top of a funnel & tied a piece of string to each hole. Then rolled up a piece of baking paper & placed in the centre of the funnel. You can then pour jelly crystals or sugar coloured with food colouring through the funnel & let it swing like a pendulum to achieve the random design inspired by Jackson Pollock & recently seen on The Block

New idea for icing decorating
New idea for icing decorating

Free art scattered around Newcastle yesterday – The Herald 8/3/13

I had an exciting day yesterday after I participating in Free Art Friday – Newcastle. We encouraged Hunter Arts Network artists to leave their artworks around the streets for anyone to find & keep for FREE! I dropped four drawings, at Charlestown square, Merewether Pedestrian Underpass, Obelisk & Civic Park Fountain & I heard from this finder soon after, they sent me a lovely email! I haven’t heard from the other finders yet. I was stoked that Charlestown square shared my photo of the drawing I left in their carpark & appearing in this article in The Herald! http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1350835/free-art-scattered-around-newcastle/?cs=303

Margo Humphries Church drawing at Newcastle Obelisk yesterday

Winter Art Bazaar Maitland

There is an amazing event coming up next month – the Hunter’s premier artisan bazaar is being held at Maitland on the long weekend. Art Bazaar is held quarterly by the Hunter Arts Network.

When Hunter Arts Network (HAN) holds their first Winter Art Bazaar there will be over 70 designers & artists spread out on the expansive grounds of the impressive Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG), High St Maitland on Sunday 10 June. The Art Bazaars are FREE entry & there is also demonstrations & live music.

Art Bazaar is the ideal platform for the community to invest in locally produced visual arts, craft & design, including professional practitioners, who will have their work showcased in a supportive and creative atmosphere. TAFE students from the School of Fine Art, are also participating giving them great experience in the commercial realities of the art world.

The popular event has grown & evolved & there is now one Art Bazaar every season, an increase from only one per year. HAN’s first Autumn Art Bazaar in the grounds of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery was a resounding success for the stallholders, the public and HAN. “We have developed a loyal following which is attracting large crowds to each Art Bazaar every season & the Autumn Art Bazaar received fabulous feedback”, said Leah Fawthrop, President of HAN, “all participants need to go through a formal application process assessed by a panel of Art Professionals in order to participate – this way HAN can guarantee a very high standard.”

Shoppers will enjoy meeting the artists & designers who have carefully created for the reputable event providing access beyond the boundaries of the gallery. It is an affordable opportunity for both the public & the creative people of Newcastle & the Hunter.

There’s the chance to win one of five lucky door prizes. One prize will be drawn every hour. Win marvelous art & dazzling jewellery which has been hand-made by our talented artists & designers.

Enjoy the atmosphere of a world class Gallery and meet the Artisans of the Hunter.  There is an onsite café that will be open serving breakfast and lunch and will also have an extra food stall available in anticipation of the crowds. Only a 30 minute drive west of Newcastle, please make Winter Art Bazaar Maitland, your destination this long weekend.

Winter Art Bazaar

Presented by Hunter Arts Network

Sunday 10 June 2012

Grounds of Maitland Regional Art Gallery

10am – 3pm

Contact Leah Fawthrop on 0408 653 605 or president@hunterartsnetwork.org

When Hunter Arts Network (HAN) holds their first Winter Art Bazaar there will be over 70 designers & artists spread out on the expansive grounds of the impressive Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG), High St Maitland on Sunday 10 June. The Art Bazaars are FREE entry & there is also demonstrations & live music.

5% off

To celebrate Earth Day, every purchase until 26 April on redbubble with code “EARTH2012” receives 5% off + another 5% will be donated to The Nature Conservancy’s “Adopt An Acre” program, helping to leave a sustainable world for future generations.

Arctic Voodoo by Margo Humphries
Margo Humphries is a contributor to Redbubble. The online art store is offering 5% off all purchases until 26 April 2012. Click here to buy from Margo’s portfolio

My T-Shirt Design Made it to the Top 20

I recently entered Redbubble’s T-shirt design competition for New York band The Big Sleep for their gig at SXSW in Austin, Texas on 15 March 2012.

I am pleased with this week’s announcement that my entry, The Line Up, received enough votes by Redbubble members to make the TOP 20. Redbubble received 174 entries in total.

The designs in the final cut were presented to the band to make the selection for their limited edition tee. Although I wasn’t the overall winner I was glad that they got to see my design.

Click here to view the challenge winners in the top 20
My entry was voted into the Top 20. Click here to view the challenge winners in the top 20