Gecko Studio Gallery Newsletter – April May 2015



Kerry Spokes - Blown Off Course

Kerry Spokes – Blown Off Course

Kerry’s artist profile       Kerry’s exhibition page      Kerry’s website      Facebook


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The newsletter is about Gecko Studio Gallery’s next exhibition and other news from Gecko Studio Gallery, Prom Coast Arts Council, Fish Creek and surrounding area as well as anything else that takes our fancy. All the stuff that’s not on this page – 10 pages of news in fact.

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Gecko Studio Gallery News

Kerry’s exhibition is exhibition number 100!!

Help us mark the occasion but we realise it is going to be a busy day with it being the first weekend of the Prom Coast SeaChange Festival. We suggest everyone checks out what is happening that day and make a plan of where to visit but just make sure to drop into our exhibition opening. You don’t have to stay all afternoon. We understand. Kerry is putting a lot of effort; it is going to be a brilliant show and we want you to all come and see and mark the occasion with us. Put us on your list. April 19, between 2pm and 5pm.

Exhibitions – what’s next?……….

Gecko Studio Gallery will go off on a slight detour following the closing of Kerry’s show. We will be presenting a “stockroom” approach for five months before resuming monthly exhibitions in mid October. Why? Well, after eight and a half years and 100 monthly exhibitions, we need a small change and we need a bit of a rest – in a fashion. We have a range of projects to carry out which will make life easier for us and make the gallery better in the long run. Running a stockroom setup (and a bunch of projects) is hardly a rest but at least we will be spared the deadlines and take a rest from the openings. We will be exhibiting a number of artists together and their work will need to be kept fresh and replaced whenever we sell a work. We figure that during the quieter months that visitors will be more interested in works from a number of artists rather than just one artist. Come in and check it out. More in the next newsletter.

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Gecko Studio Gallery Workshops

Paint Paper Play with Canson Australia

Paint Paper Play with Canson Australia






Paint, Paper, Play Workshop with Canson Australia

YOU ARE AN ARTIST – Creative, inspired, determined to make the world a more beautiful place but, how much do you really know about the materials you are using?

The “Paint, Paper. Play” workshop aims to blow the lid on all the secrets that ascertain the quality, usage and benefits of your beloved mediums. Discover the difference your selection of art materials makes to your artwork. Experience the results for yourself and learn to make more informed decisions


  • Expect to try a large variety of paper and paint brands.
  • Expect to learn a great deal of useful and potentially game changing information.
  • Expect to discover products you never even knew existed.
  • Expect to go home with goodies which you could try for yourself at home.


The “Paint, Paper. Play” workshop is suitable for all artists at all levels using any medium

FREE WORKSHOP 9.30am to 12.30pm, Tuesday May 5th in the supper room, Fish Creek Memorial Hall, Falls Rd, Fish Creek 3959

TO BOOK: Contact : Gecko Studio Gallery 5683 2481 (open Thur to Mon) / 0421 209 878 or email  for bookings / further info. Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Wood Engraving with tutor David Frazer.

  • Two separate workshops – Saturday May 23, 9.30 – 4.30pm & Sunday May 24, 9.30 – 4.30pm. Cost $170 (includes morning tea) plus $20 for materials

In this class, you will:

  • Learn about an age-old printmaking medium, with a short introduction to the history of wood engraving.
  • Make two engravings: one practice piece using specialist engraver’s plastic, and one designed piece using beautiful end-grain wood
  • Discover how to prepare and transfer drawings on the blocks.
  • Print with and without a press.

Yes!  This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience in this technique.

About David Frazer – David Frazer has exhibited nationally and internationally with over 35 solo exhibitions since 1996 and a number of group exhibitions and prizes throughout Australia, China, the UK and Poland.  Major prizes include: 2013 People’s Choice Award at the Fremantle Print Award; 2013 People’s Choice Award at the Hutchins Art on Paper Prize; Winner of the 1st Guanlan International Print Biennial, China (2007); Winner of the Broken Hill Outback Art Prize (2004); Runner up in the 2007 Burnie Print prize; Acquisition prizes at the Geelong Print Prize and the Silk Cut Award for Lino cut prints.  In 2007, the ABC produced a half hour documentary on David as part of the Artist at Work series.  His work is represented throughout Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Gallery Of Victoria, The National Library of Australia, the National Museum of China, the Royal Academy of Art in London, and most regional galleries in Australia.

About Wood Engravings – Wood engraving is an age-old relief print-making method used for creating small and highly-detailed images.  It was traditionally used to illustrate books, with blocks being the same height as the letterpress characters that formed the text.  It is particularly well-suited to achromatic graphic artworks, with strong contrasts (lights and darks) and areas of textured shadows.

To book – ph Gecko Studio Gallery on 5683 2481 (open Thur to Mon) or email Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. To be held at Gecko Studio Gallery, 15 Falls Rd Fish Creek.  David Frazer has conducted many workshops in Universities, TAFES, and Community printmaking studios around Australia.


ArtHouse accommodation
ArtHouse accommodation

Brought to you by Gecko Studio Gallery – the ArtHouse, fine accommodation in Fish Creek.

The ArtHouse offers guests a stunning and beautifully appointed cottage hidden away behind Gecko Studio Gallery in the heart of Fish Creek.

Entering through the gate, guests are greeted by the lovely private garden filled with interesting plants and flowers plus the ancient apple tree in pride of place in the back yard.

The walls host an array of contemporary original artwork by renowned local artists for sale – your very own private gallery.

With an open central living area, full kitchen, 2 generous sized bedrooms and unique bathroom the ArtHouse is light filled and cosy.  There is a wood fired heater with wood provided as well as a reverse cycle air conditioner.

Quality linen and bath towels are provided; just bring your beach towels.

A library of art books and novels, an interesting DVD and CD collection and current art and style magazines have been collected for your enjoyment.

Fish Creek is home to 4 galleries, cafes’ (including 9 Acres Coffee Bar and Food Store situated right next door), interesting shops and the iconic art deco Fish Creek Hotel with the fish on top.

The ArtHouse is perfect as a base from which to visit local wineries, walk or ride on the Great Southern Rail Trail and of course visit Wilsons Prom and the many beaches in the local area.

When staying at the ArtHouse guests are treated to a chilled bottle of Waratah Hills Award winning Sparkling Rose, Loving Earth organic chocolate, Promontory Preserves jam and a fresh grind of coffee from 9Acres café next door! What a treat!

Accommodates 4 – 2 bedrooms each with queen size bed. 1 bathroom. Lounge room, dining room, back deck with BBQ, lovely garden. Minimum stay – 2 nights and 3 nights on long weekends.

Rates based on 2 guests per night………….

Peak & school holidays rates: midweek price $270/night. Weekend price $290.

Off Peak rates: midweek price $230/night. Weekend price $250.

Extra guests $30 per adult, $20 per child – per night.

Contact Kerry or Michael at Gecko Studio Gallery on 03 5683 2481 or Kerry on 0423 721 593.

ArtHouse on Facebook        ArtHouse on Stayz         ArtHouse on airbnb

See all the images on the ArtHouse website  or the 3 links above.


Kerry Spokes

See Kerry’s artist page on Facebook and her website

Kerry is exhibiting in The Gippsland 14 Exhibition – Media House Gallery, The Age, 655 Collins St Melbourne from February 2 to April 22 and then tour to Meeniyan Art Gallery from April 24 to May 22 (opening Sunday April 26 between 2 – 4pm). The Age building is right alongside Southern Cross station.

Prom Coast Arts Council Inc.

The next meeting will be Monday May 4 at 7pm in the Oberon Room, Fish Creek Hotel. All welcome. Website  Prom Coast Arts on Facebook

The tenth annual Great Southern Portrait Prize 2015

Great Southern Portrait Prize 2015

Great Southern Portrait Prize 2015

Exhibition opens April 16. Announcement of winners April 26 by the Hon. Barry Jones AO. Exhibition closes May 11. Collection of works May 12.

Great Southern Portrait Prize  Retrospective

Great Southern Portrait Prize Retrospective

Prom Coast Arts Council is also celebrating the occasion by mounting The 10 Year Retrospective Exhibition of past winners and memorabilia. The retrospective exhibition will be during the weekends of the Seachange Festival (Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 and Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 April 2015). This will coincide with peak 2015 Great Southern Portrait Prize viewing times. The retrospective exhibition will be held at the Foster Community House, a pleasant stroll from the Stockyard Gallery, where the 2015 Great Southern Portrait Prize will be on view at this time. (a Prom Coast SeaChange Festival event)

Prom Coast Arts Council is also presenting Double Take – where local artists and traders have collaborated to produce stunning window displays with a twist. Take the Art Walk and find all 12. Double Take will be visible between the 17th and 26th April. (a Prom Coast SeaChange Festival event).

The shops and artists are – Foster Pharmacy – Marilyn Ardley; Foster Hardware – Grant Flather; Inside Out Clothing – Anda Banikos; Foster Newsagent – Helen Wilkinson; Foster Post Office – Kerry Spokes; Sams Patch – Susan Quinn; Ahern’s Fruit Market – Ann Parry; Atoll Travel v- Abi van Rooyen & Cat Wheeler; Bromleys Café on Main – Jane Power; Prom Meats – Andrew McPherson; Foster Seafoods – Yianni Banikos; Foster’s Little Bookshop  – Kim McDonald.

Double Take

Double Take


The Alison Lester Shop

Noni The Pony Alone

Noni The Pony Alone

Prints Books Cards Gifts – 1 Falls Road, Fish Creek, Victoria 5683 2352. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for when Alison will be in-store for book signings and other special events. Facebook   Website 

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