August in the Gallery: PORTRAITS OF THE BAY Exhibition

This month in The Alcove is a joint exhibition with Nanette Basser and Ileana Clarke. Exhibition opening, 2pm the 6th August 2022.


July in the Gallery: PONDER Exhibition

We look forward to sharing Ponder with you this July, a joint exhibition by Gennifer Anderson and Rheannon Murray, in the alcove exhibition space at the Artisan Collective Port Stephens. Exhibition opening, 5pm the 2nd July 2022. Registration for opening via our facebook event here or email 

June 2022: WILD Exhibition

A diverse showcase of the members of Artisan Collective Port Stephens with the theme ‘WILD’. From painting, photography, glassware, ceramics, crochet, wire sculptures – a range of beautiful work stretching our artist’s imaginations and pushing them into sometimes chaotic territory.

May 2022: Lezlie Tilley

Lezlie Tilley, an award-winning artist who lives in Newcastle, is having her art showcased this month in The Alcove at Artisan Collective Port Stephens.

Lezlie lived in Port Stephens from 1971 where she and her partner built a home at Soldiers Point. After a 3 year gap living in Malaysia they returned and later built a new home in Corlette designed by Paul Sinclair. During their time in Port Stephens Lezlie and her partner became active members of the Port Stephens Community Art Centre. Following this Lezlie by studied fine art at Newcastle Art school and then completed a Visual Art Degree in Newcastle CAE, now Newcastle University. She also began teaching part time at Newcastle Art School until her retirement in 2021. 

Lezlie also lectured at Newcastle University for 3 years and is currently teaching drawing at Finite Gallery in Caves Beach. Lezlie has won many major awards and her work is in collections at Newcastle, Maitland and Muswellbrook Regional Galleries, including numerous public collections overseas and Australia.

Lezlie has almost always worked the grid as a structure on which to hang images and lately patterns. 

Patricia Wilson-Adams, a printmaker and academic at Newcastle University, describes Tilley’s work – “While most artists begin with chaos working toward order Tilley begins with order through the use of the grid and arrives at a swarming field devoid of focal point and like the sun too awesome to look at. For Tilley the studio is the area of meditation where all is transformative and where the artist becomes lost to time, any awareness of self, the conscious mind and where only the practice is happening.” 

Tilley will be giving a talk about her art on Saturday 21st May at 2pm at Artisan Collective. Everyone is welcome.

April 2022: Penny Amberg + Robert Gribble


Two friends, who have known each other for over 40 years, rarely see each other. What connects them? Both have had busy professional lives, lived in different cities even countries but stayed linked through art. Each year for many years, Robert has sent Penny one of his black and white photos, developed in a home dark room. The chance to come together and jointly exhibit their recent work led to a common theme of the intersection between water and earth – Littoral Forms.

Robert is a largely self-taught photographer. His photography is intertwined with a love for the Australian bush and its long and wild coast. He usually works exclusively in black and white film-based imagery because he feels it is more expressive of the light, shapes and mood of the unspoilt natural scene. However, this show is a departure for him and is the first time he has presented photographs that are digitally scanned and printed from film negatives to create large format images.

Living in the Port Stephens area, Penny spends a lot of time in her workshop exploring all sorts of ideas and media. She is a member of Artisan Collective Port Stephens, where her exhibition with Robert will be held in April. Using copper and brass wire, Penny has developed a range of sculptural objects that can be used indoors or out. Unlike other metals, copper and brass will not rust in the coastal environment but develop a patina ranging from pale green to turquoise blue. The copper pieces are woven through a looping process that has been used for thousands of years. Her oil paintings also attempt to capture the ethereal and ever changing intersection of sea and sky.

LITTORAL FORMS opens at the Artisan Collective gallery at the d’Albora Marina in Nelson Bay on Sunday 2 April and runs until Sunday 30 April. Penny and Robert will talk about their work on Saturday 16th April at 2pm in the gallery and Penny will be in the gallery every Friday in April from 10am to 1pm to talk about the work.

Penny Amberg ‘Storms Approaching’, oil on canvas, 2022
Robert Gribble ‘Wave Break – winter morning at Korogoo Point’, 2021
Penny Amberg ‘Copper Form’, 2021

March 2022 we had Dan Riley featuring along with Vince Rush.

Dan considers himself mainly self taught, with initial private tuition for three years under Sydney Artist James Blake. In this period Dan learnt the fundamentals of oil painting with a particular acute emphasis on composition.

He has produced many private commissions, in particular portraits. 

Dan has entered into many art competitions and shows, mostly in the Newcastle region, and his successes include winning quite a few cash and voucher prizes over the years, along with minor accolades.

Dan has been on hiatus and has only recently started back at his art practice.

Vince Rush is an award winning woodworker who creates intricate bowls and more using turned and carved maple and jacaranda among other types of wood.

The Life Drawing Group are based at the Port Stephens Community Art Centre and have been gathering every week for over 20 years.

The group are an enthusiastic and cheerful group of locals with a wide variety of abilities – from commercial artists to rank amateurs.

Information about the group can be obtained by contacting the Port Stephens Community Art Centre.

We start 2022 off with a bang with the amazing Prue Sailer and Lauren Morrison, a mother and daughter exhibiting to the theme ‘Treasure: The beauty and the value of wild and earthly treasures’.

Lauren Morrison is a jeweller who uses crystals, stones, macrame decor and fibres from nature to create her stunning pieces.

Prue Sailer is a natural history artist, drawing endlessly from Australia’s unique and varied wildlife and natural environments.

Both artists use their artworks as a means of exploring and conveying themes around the fragility of nature and the impact that humanity has on our environment.

Join us in Artisan Collective Port Stephens to see this amazing exhibition.

Saturday the 8th of January 2022: Meet Lauren and experience the magic of her creations from 11am – 2pm as she demonstrates her knotting techniques.

Thenfrom 3pm join us for a glass of bubbly and a light refreshments for the official opening of TREASURE. Please ensure you register for the opening via the link provided as numbers are strictly limited due to current COVID regulations.

December 2021 brings back the collaborations and joy in showing artwork with our very special exhibition “SHOY: Shared Joy”. The gist of this exhibition is to showcase not only our wonderful member’s work, but also to allow each member to ask a friend or relative to exhibit alongside them. It’s amazing to see what each group has come up with – from mother / daughter combinations to groups with one theme, this exhibit has something for everyone.

Artisan Collective Port Stephens will be open every day from 9am to 5pm*. The gallery will be required to follow the NSW Government guidelines and restrictions, so please be patient with us whilst we all work through this together. Please head to our Facebook and Instagram pages for any updates.

*Please note that we are reducing our hours from 10am-4pm until further notice.

‘Lush’ by Ann Lemon
‘Little Australian Christmas Bunch’ by Megan Barass

Join us at Artisan Collective PS for a fresh exhibition each month within the gallery in The Alcove, meet the artist talks and demonstrations
as well as community and children’s activities to inspire and engage!

We are so excited to be opening our doors again! Artisan Collective Port Stephens will be open every day from 10am to 4pm from Monday 11th October. The gallery will be required to follow the NSW Government guidelines and restrictions, so please be patient with us whilst we all work through this together. Please head to our Facebook and Instagram pages for any updates.

Meet the Artist: OFF THE WALL

Meet the Artist, in the Artisan Collective Port Stpehens Galery at 3pm on Sunday the 7th of November. Please register your attendance by contacting the gallery as places are limited.

Mid October and all of November 2021 will see The Alcove exhibition space taken over by OFF THE WALL, a collaborative exhibition between Artisan Collective photographer Peter Masters and Nelson Bay based textile artists Di Lucas. Off the Wall showcases the fun side of textiles with wearable art.

July 2021 saw the Alcove Exhibition space transformed for STILLNESS; a collaborative in-house collection of works by our artists, exploring the concept of still life within their diverse mediums.


Artisan Collective July Exhibition