Gecko Studio Gallery Newsletter – January / February 2015

The King is Dead - acrylic and pencil on found paper - Julie Niekamp

The King is Dead – acrylic and pencil on found paper – Julie Niekamp

Sarah Dingwall 'Trojan Horse'

Sarah Dingwall ‘Trojan Horse’

Our next exhibition…..

The Bower – Sarah Dingwall & Julie Niekamp

January 18 to February 14, 2015

Opening event Sunday January 18 between 2 – 5pm

  exhibition page


These are the next few exhibitions coming up……(NB details may change before this exhibition opens)

(#98) Circus of Life – Peter Cole – paintings and sculpture – February 15 to March 21. Opening event on February 22

(#99) Sue Quinn – Paintings – March 22 to April 18.  Opening event on March 22

(#100) Kerry Spokes – April 19 to May 16, 2015 Opening event on March 22.


Gecko News

For lots more – The Gecko Studio Gallery Newsletter – PDF version

The newsletter is about Gecko Studio Gallery’s next exhibition and other news from Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek and surrounding area as well as anything else that takes our fancy. All the stuff that’s not on this page.

Down loadable and ready to print. Click to view / print the PDF newsletter  1 January February 2015 GSG Newsletter


Frank Wildenberg

Frank Wildenberg


Vale Frank Wildenberg – Frank exhibited at Gecko with his own exhibition “Multifold Narrations” in Feb/Mar 2012 ( and participation in the recent group exhibition “Mysterious Creatures” ( Sept/Oct 2014.  Frank’s art was fantastic and surreal and original. He was recently exploring lithography in his home studio and at Peter Lancaster’s studio.  Frank died suddenly early January. Our thoughts go out to Frank’s wife Jo. Frank and Jo visited Gecko regularly to see what was happening and to have a chat. Rest in peace Frank. Condolences to Jo.


Gecko products for all!

Gecko 2015 calendar – A3 size this year, good quality card and decent sized squares for writing stuff in. $30 reduced to $25 each, stock still available.

The Domestic Bliss calendar – Almost sold out. An A4 size calendar featuring images from the “Domestic Bliss” series that Kerry has used on cards, see below. $20 each. More info and images on Facebook

Cards and cardsets – Gecko has two new lines of cards available that Kerry has designed. There are the twelve cards that make up the “Eclectic Petal” series and the twelve images in the “Domestic Bliss” series. See above.

Cards are $5 each and are available as sets of 6 in funky packaging. More info and images on Facebook

Workshop – iPhoneography and Digital Collage Workshop #3 with tutor Kerry Spokes.

nautiluscape - iPhoneography by Kerry Spokes

Due to continued interest – the third workshop in this subject will be held Saturday February 21, 10am – 3pm at Gecko Studio Gallery – (Studio space at the back of Gecko) Fish Creek. Cost is $120 which includes materials ie. printing of images. Bring your own lunch, tea & coffee provided. Participants will be guided through the process of taking an image with one of the many ‘cameras’ available as apps on their mobile device.  They will then have the opportunity to superimpose elements into the one image to create a collage which they can then enhance and add filters to using apps – all done on the iPhone or iPad.

Requirements: Participants will need to bring their iPhone or iPad (iPad 3 onwards) to the session, with at least Snapseed and Superimpose apps already downloaded on their device.  These can be purchased in the Appstore through your iTunes account. Any questions, phone Kerry on 0423 721 593.

For more information visit our workshop page

Book early as places are limited for this popular workshop. PREPAYMENT OF THE FEE IS REQUIRED. To book, phone Gecko Studio Gallery on 5683 2481 Thur to Mon or Michael on 0421 209 878, fill in the form on the website or email


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

Kerry has constructed her own website to showcase her many talents and the fascinating artworks she produces using traditional drawing, painting and printmaking techniques plus, of course, her iPhoneography and digital collage work.

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

Prom Coast Arts Council Inc.

The next meeting will be Tuesday February 17 at 7pm at the home of Anda and Yianni Banikos (ph 5687 1206) 150 Meikle Rd, Waratah North  All welcome.  Website  Prom Coast Arts on Facebook

Prom Coast Arts Council presents – Carolina Cordeiro – in Concert

On Saturday February 14th – Valentine’s Day, as it happens – Prom Coast Arts Council is presenting Melbourne-based singer, Carolina Cordeiro, in a concert at the Waratah Hills Winery at Fish Creek.

Carolina Cordeiro will be performing haunting songs of love, longing and tragedy in the Fado tradition of Lisbon, Portugal. Performed in an intimate, emotional style and accompanied by guitar, these mournful songs will cloak you in an intoxicating melancholy. Carolina will be accompanied by two other musicians. (check out the PCA Facebook page to watch Carolina in action)

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Carolina came to Australia as a young child. She has played widely in Melbourne’s world music scene, as well as at many festivals around the country.

This will be the second concert in Prom Coast Arts Council’s inaugural music concert series, following on from the tremendously enjoyable and successful performance by the Kammermusik String Quartet at Waratah Hills last October.

7pm for 7.30pm start. Concert at Waratah Hills Vineyard, 20 Cottmans Rd, Fish Creek. Ph 5683 2441

Tickets $40 or $35 for PCA members. Available at Gecko Studio Gallery (15 Falls Rd, Fish Creek.Ph 5683 2481, open 7 days until Feb 2,then closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), Main Street Revelations (31 Main Street, Foster. Ph5682 1381. Weekdays 10am – 5pm. Saturday 9:30am – 4pm. Sunday 10am – 4pm) & Waratah Hills Vineyard.  Contact: Michael Lester on 5683 2481 or 0421 209 878

Tickets on sale Saturday Jan 17th. Watch a video at PCA Facebook


The Alison Lester Shop

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 

(Psst…all the prints at the Alison Lester Shop are framed by Gecko Studio Gallery)

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