Get creative in Wollombi

Wollombi Valley has a well deserved reputation as an artistic hub in the Hunter Valley. With new galleries opening and exhibitions coming up, you will be spoilt for choice.

Roadside Gallery is presenting the eclectic, inspiring works of six local creatives: From Darren Casey’s rustic industrial upcycled furniture, Elisa Krey’s handmade ceramics, Stephen Coburn’s metal sculptures, Nicole de Mestre’s basketry and Adrian Dal Bianco’s Mapacho leather creations to Linda Wilkinson’s busk in functional fabric art, there is an incredible variety of different pieces. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

Blender Gallery has just opened in the Gray’s Inn building next to Noyce Brothers Wines in the heart of Wollombi. Initially established in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, it specialises in Fine Art Music Photography and Limited Edition Rock ‘n’ Roll Prints. Check their website for further details.

Laguna artists Jane Mowatt, Janine Oliver, Jordis Pointu, Jillian Ryder and Linda Wilkinson have joined together to form the Laguna Collective. Here’s what they have to say about the project:

“Five women living in the bush in Laguna, NSW. All focused on their own creativity. Lockdown? Really? Their hands and minds are busy as they separately but collectively work towards this exhibition. Glass, paint, collage, balls of handspun alpaca fleece for finely knitted garments. Woollen coats, hand knitted and warm. Aussie bush printed fabrics, something for everyone. A collection of fine arts brought to you by us five women.” 

Located at the Fireshed Gallery in Wollombi, the exhibition is open through 9 August, weekdays and weekends from 10 am to 4 pm.

And of course, Wollombi Valley’s renowned Sculpture in the Vineyards Festival is coming up too. Running from 17 October – 1 November it is in its 18th year.  
The organizers have received a record number of submissions from renowned artists across the country. Don’t miss out on one of the oldest and largest sculpture festivals in rural NSW.