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Keep up to date with upcoming exhibitions, feature artists, workshops and social events with the AC

Current Exhibitions

Something Fishy – Artisan Collective Group Exhibition

The Artisan Collective Port Stephens Inc presents our group exhibition “Something Fishy” this January in the Alcove. Celebrating the books of John ‘Stinker’ Clarke and the illustrations of Ileana Clarke.

The exhibition will run from the 5th January – Saturday the 30th January 2021 and feature accompanying themed artworks, with an exhibition talk by John and Ileana being held on Saturday the 23rd January in the gallery.

Meet the Artist – register attendance

We look forward to seeing you soon at the AC!

Ocean 2020

Upcoming Event


Re-sheduled for January the 24th, from 10.30am – 2.30pm

Join us for a special event at Artisan Collective Port Stephens, with Megan Barrass hosting a community canvas creation here in the AC!

Megan will be at Artisan Collective on Sunday 24th January from 10.30am to 2.30pm, along with a HUGE canvas, paints and paint brushes for kids (and adults!) to get their creative groove on! We will be providing the blank canvas, paints and plenty of encouragement to allow the kids (and adults if they like) to create a community artwork, combining the creativity of our community to produce one beautiful artwork by the end of the day! We hope to donate the community canvas locally after displaying it in the Gallery first of course!

Megan is a full-time contemporary artist, living and continuously painting in beautiful Shoal Bay. With over 30 years’ experience in the fine art world she is best known for her strong, typically Australian coastal themed paintings. Megan’s bold floral artworks feature generous, luscious coloured brush strokes of acrylic paint onto stretched canvas. Megan’s art reflects her personality – so come and see Megan’s positivity and colourful style in full flight, and join in with the fun!

To register your attendance please reserve your place via our event page: Here

Please note: this is a community art activity aimed at inspiring our children to express themselves within a creative space. There is no cost to join in the fun, although due to covid restrictions we will be scheduling participants per 15-20minute time slots to allow adequate distancing and time to clean brushes between children. To register your interest simply send though a message via our Facebook event or pop in on the day and choose a time slot. Parents/caregivers are required to remain in the gallery with children while they participate and sign in using service NSW covid app.

Megan Barrass

Current Feature Artist

Feature Artist – Kimberly Swan

Kimberly Swan will be our first Feature Artist for 2021! 

Kimberly Swan is an emerging contemporary artist of the Hunter Valley. Born in Liverpool, Sydney 1985, she and her family moved to the Port Stephens peninsula to small town Bobs Farm where she remained up until her late twenties. Kimberly developed a fondness for the natural environment and after leaving high school early she embarked on studies in Horticulture and after several years working in the industry, she decided to pursue her early creative passions and found her way to university studies in Graphic Design at Newcastle. After a year studying design she swapped into the Natural History Illustration degree program and graduated in 2011 with distinction.

Several years on from university and after a few life hurdles got in the way, Kimberly has finally thrown herslef back into creative pursuits. 2018 saw Kimberly become a resident artist at the Artisan Collective Port Stephens Gallery, complete a series of illustrative commissions for Port Stephens Council, be involved in a number of group exhibitions around the hunter and taking 2nd place in the Port Stephens Art Prize. She has also completed a number of illustrative commission and stylised paintings for private collectors and held her first solo exhibition in Maitland in mid 2019 where she now resides having moved from Nelson Bay early 2019 with her fiance.

Kimberly works with a wide variety of mediums often mixing medias to create works of a variety of subjects and abstracts. She mostly uses acrylic, watercolour, inks, drawing mediums, collage and has recently explored the use of oil into some of her works, works that often begin with photo references and collages to develop composition and provide colour palettes. Kimberly explores the use of colour, line and composition to create pieces that reflect her surroundings spurred by influences in contemporary art, elements of street art and graphic styles. Her practice is still evovling as she explores stylised and expressive ways of interpreting her surroundings and developing narrative in her work. Kimberly’s recent artist influences include; Wendy Sharpe, Ben Quilty, Brett Whitely, Henri Mattise and Florence Hutchings.


Meet the Artist Ian Marriner

2020 Feature Artists

Previous: December 2020

Feature Artist – Janet Mackintosh

Janet Mackintosh is a mosaic maker based in Port Stephens.

Having started mosaic as a hobby, it has now become her passion. Janet works in smalti, glass, marble and found objects, creating works inspired by the local area and patterns in nature. Janet loves the interplay of colours and movement that mosaic andamento – the visual flow and direction within a mosaic – can create.

Janet has exhibited in Newcastle, Melbourne, Sydney, Port Fairy and Canberra, as well as various Artisan Collective special exhibitions. She is a member of MAANZ, the Australian and New Zealand Mosaic Association, and has contributed to their magazine ‘Opus Oracle’, as well as ‘Better Homes and Gardens’. Janet received a two first places at the Newcastle Show in 2016 for her pieces “Great Wave of Kanagawa” surfboard and “Seastar”.

Her works have sold to the US and Scotland as well as throughout Australia. She has participated in a community mosaic in Yass in 2016. Janet’s latest mosaics include exploring the world of abstract, as well as the possibilities involved in creating her own 3D substrates, or mosaic base.

Janet has been with Artisan Collective Port Stephens since its inception in 2016 and enjoys the collaboration and creative inclusiveness of the AC group.

Facebook: Syrenka Mosaics

Instagram: janetsyrena

Meet the Artist Ian Marriner

Previous: November 2020

Feature Artist -Denise Duffy

We are so excited to see what November’s feature artist, Denise Duffy has in stall for our local exhibition space!

Denise will be hanging her mixed medium collection – “Enchanted by the ocean: tidal treasures and other tales” early November, consisting of sensory wall works and video inspired by the beauty and magic of the ocean.

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever”
Denise’s magical exhibition combines her talents in drawing, painting and sculpture with the assemblage of materials from our local coastline to create whimsical worlds inspired by her mother and childhood memories, drawing inspiration from the blanket blue of the ocean and the warmth of the white sands.
Port Stephens is an abundant source of creative inspiration and natural beauty. Calling this “blue water wonderland” home, Denise Duffy draws on the local environment and her experiences around, on and under the ocean.
Childhood memories spent exploring rock pools and developing curiosity in the natural world under the nurturing hand of her mum Belinda are woven into the work. Macrame and weaving were two forms of creative expression abundant in her childhood home and this new found love of fibre is added to her expanding visual language.
“Enchanted by the Ocean” – which is a mixed medium collection of sensory wall works and video inspired by the beauty and magic of the ocean.
There is magic in the salt air. Do you feel it too?

We hope you can join us to hear more about Denise’s exhibition at our Meet the Artist talk, Saturday the 14th November at 2pm, please head to our social media pages and let us know if you plan to join us so we can save you a seat!

Meet the Artist Ian Marriner

Previous: October 2020

Peter Masters Of The Earth

Feature Artist – Deborah Chisholm

Welcome Deborah Chisholm to the AC as our October feature artist! Join us Saturday 24th October in the Gallery for our free Meet the Artist presentation with Deborah at 2pm.

Deb combines her clinical and academic life (being a Psychotherapist) with her love of painting and an active art practice. Deb has exhibited and held collections both in Australia and overseas, showing at the Menier Gallery in London in a group exhibition opened by the Australian High Commissioner.

Having studied extensively in old master oil painting techniques and abstraction for 5 years with the prestigious Charlie Sheard Studio School, Deb now works from her Nelson Bay studio overlooking the tranquil and pristine waters of the Bay. Deb’s sheer love of the area deeply influences her most recent work ‘Moodwaters’ and reflects the ethereal presence of a changing climate and shifting light. Deb also has an active drawing practice influenced by both traditional western and eastern calligraphic style.

“Drawing forces attention and encourages the eye to look closer and mindfulness allows the mind to feel. Within that lies resonance with the self and a connected felt experience with the other.”

Previous: September 2020

Peter Masters Of The Earth

Feature Artist – Megan Barrass

We are so excited to have the bright, bold, full of life artworks by local artist Megan Barrass in the studio for August and September!

You’ll see some very familiar sights within Megan’s exhibition, from cheeky black cockatoos to an amazing triptych of our very own Nelson Bay Marina, you’re bound to fall in love with them just as much as we have!

Megan is a full-time contemporary artist, living and continuously painting in beautiful Shoal Bay. With over 30 years’ experience in the fine art world she is best known for her strong, typically Australian coastal themed paintings.

Megan’s bold floral artworks feature generous, luscious coloured brush strokes of acrylic paint onto stretched canvas.

Feature Artist – Ian Marriner

Ian is an avid photographer and scuba diver, an exciting blending of passions. He has been photographing underwater for some 35 years, using this lifetime of learning to create fine art underwater, seascape and landscape images.
Ian’s photography has been recognised with numerous awards and has worked as a freelance photographer for corporates such as the Australian Tourist Commission, Lizard Island Resort, Australian Airlines and Fitzroy Island.
Meet the Artist Ian Marriner

Previous: August 2020

Peter Masters Of The Earth

Feature Artist – Peter Masters

The month of August sees our AC photographer, Peter Masters, holding an in-house exhibition of limited edition conceptual photography in the Gallery Alcove.

Peters’ stunning abstract photography series explores the pattern making found in nature, with particular interest in rock shelves, volcanic lava, forestry and storm swells.

Join us to chat with Peter about his current works, in the Gallery 2pm, Saturday the 22nd August

Previous: July 2020

Feature Artist – Alita Knaggs

We are so excited to have two new feature artists joinging us for July 2020!

We would like to introduce our first feature artist of July – Alita Knaggs

The majority of Alita’s work is based on her local environment, with “landscape” the main subject matter. Most people who visit Fingal are amazed at the natural beauty, from the protected beach, to Fingal spit and Barry Park, where you can watch the whales cruise by. Alita’s work reflects the magic of Fingal Bay.

The majority of Alita’s work uses acrylics, and some mixed media with acrylic, gauche and charcoal. Some of her most recent work has used oil paint.

Alita’s work will be on display at Artisan Collective throughout the month of July, with Alita coming in for a ‘meet and greet’ with the public. Keep your eye on our social media pages for when this is happening.

Feature Artist – Elisabeth Lawrence

Our second local feature artist for July is Elisabeth Lawrence who blends her thoughts and environment together in images through painting and printmaking.

We are lucky enough to be featuring works from her “Feather collection” as well as a variety of copper etchings. Her works show different printmaking techniques including aquatinting, spit-biting, mezzotint annd oil pastel resist.

“My work develops in series which reflect my changing thoughts and stories as I grow up. Each new storyline in my work comes from a variety of different sources. Often they come from thoughts and feelings, reflections on my own life journey, as well as little objects which I’ve collected. I compose these in an antithetical style which becomes a narrative. I consider myself a story teller; a fabulist.”

Elisabeth Lawrence


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