There are many galleries across the Wattle Range Area, including:
The Millicent Gallery
The Millicent Gallery is a high quality, A Class, nationally renowned public exhibition space situated in the Civic Centre Complex at Ridge Terrace, Millicent.
The Gallery has shown a diverse range of exhibitions since it opened in 1990. Renovated in 2004, the Gallery has been extended to allow more room for exhibitions. The Millicent Gallery promotes a wide and varied exhibition program and the recently announced 2021 program further promotes community artists and events, regional and state exhibitions and regular exhibitions: the Wattle Range Photographic Exhibition; Wattle Range Art Show with the Ceramic section commemorating the innovation and commitment to the arts of Barbara Wallace who was a leading ceramicist prior to her untimely passing and the SALA Exhibition.
|Location:||Civic Centre, Ridge Terrace MILLICENT SA 5280|
|Phone:||(08) 8733 0903|
|Opening Times:||Tuesday 9.00am - 5.30pm|
|Wednesday & Thursday 9.00am - 5.30pm|
Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm
|Sunday 2.00pm - 4.00pm during exhibitions|
The Wattle Range Photographic Exhibition is eagerly anticipated and well supported by both local and Limestone Coast photographers, reflecting the keen interest in photography and the professional standard attained by many of the photographers. Every year amongst the prizewinners there will emerge a photographer of note, one who has gained excellence in photography and a photographer to watch.
Commencing in 2007 the Wattle Range Council Photographic Exhibition is held annually in the Millicent Gallery, captures the vibrancy and diversity of the Wattle Range Region. Entries must be taken within the Council area and represent our region with an emphasis on People, Places, Business and Industry and Sport and Leisure.
COMMUNITY ART SUPPORTED BY THE MILLICENT GALLERY
1. Wattle Range in Flight – inspired by Barbara developed by the Millicent Craft Group-Ceramic Group
An Arts Installation was opened Friday 19th September 2014 was inspired by Barbara Wallace was a renowned artist/ceramicist who worked tirelessly to enable the community and the community of artists to have access to the best possible resources available, including facilities and workshops. She was an inaugural member of the Country Arts Board, a lecturer and teacher, a mentor to many. Barbra was responsible for the previous facilities of the Millicent Craft Group. She ensured that artists, trainers and opportunities were always forthcoming for the group and the wider artist community of the South East. Barbara travelled extensively studying in Japan and bringing home new techniques and mediums. Barbara was one of the nation’s foremost ceramic artists known for her innovative design and inspiration. Barbara survived Ash Wednesday although her property did not. She passed away much too soon.
Installed on the external wall of the Gallery and viewable from the Gallery and Civic Centre. When the Gallery was extended there was inserted into the wall three boxes that were set aside to represent Wattle Range. They were lit and it was intended that the Millicent Craft Group would design and make a series of ceramic birds in one of Barbara’ s favoured mediums and that they would represent Wattle Range: Beachport, Millicent, Penola. This installation was completed in September 2014.
An installation that Barbara would be proud of as will the community – combining the environment, ceramics and art.
The Millicent Craft Group – ceramic group have renewed confidence now that they are working with another renowned teacher artist and moved to their new premises. “Wattle Range in flight” exhibition included research, drawings and models depicting the progress of the installation.
Participants in Project - Millicent Community Art and Craft – Ceramic Group
2. Ceramic Wall Mosaic
These are currently located at the entrance to the Civic and Arts Centre three ceramic wall panels. These were installed as part of a community arts project. Another panel was installed on a wall at the original premises of the Millicent Craft Group now owned by Sharps. This mural was shifted and installed in the entranceway of the Civic Centre, viewable from the Gallery.
3. Panoramic art work in Civic and Arts Centre
Artist Suzanne Westall Brierley who has moved to Millicent from Adelaide and Port Augusta, a renowned artist who has undertaken commissions for local government, gained much Country Arts funding and has been a member of the Country Arts Board painted a mural to cover the expanse above the bar in the Civic and Arts Centre.
A significant art piece she commenced by drawing a set of initial drawings, based around Lake McIntyre and the bird life, pulling together the ceramic birds and Lake McIntyre and the bird life it is renowned for.
These three installations complete the dream of Barbara Wallace and her community of artists some 21 years after the Gallery opened. They also add life to the Civic end of the town enhancing the arts trail from the Millicent Visitor Centre, drawing on the Millicent Gallery and the Civic and Arts Centre.
Barbara Wallace was a renowned artist/ceramicist who worked tirelessly to enable the community and the community of artists to have access to the best possible resources available, including facilities and workshops. She was an inaugural member of the Country Arts Board, a lecturer and teacher, a mentor to many. Barbra was responsible for the previous facilities of the Millicent Craft Group. She ensured that artists, trainers and opportunities were always forthcoming for the group and the wider artist community of the South East. Barbara travelled extensively studying in Japan and bringing home new techniques and mediums. Barbara was one of the nation’s foremost ceramic artists known for her innovative design and inspiration. Barbara survived Ash Wednesday although her property did not. She passed away much too soon.
MILLICENT COMMUNITY ART AND CRAFT CENTRE
The Millicent Craft Group was started by a group of potters in 1977.
After obtaining funds for two pottery wheels and a gas fired kiln, the group’s base was the National Trust Museum, until a move was made to a Nissan hut at the airport in 1977.
The potters were joined by a group of Spinners and Weavers, where workshops and classes were held regularly. Space became a problem and eventually, with the assistance of a Government grant, a large truck shed was purchased. Much money was raised to upgrade the building and a great deal of voluntary labour was needed to convert the shed.
Enthusiastic groups of embroidery, patchwork and quilting commenced to add to the activities of the ceramicists, spinners and weavers.
In October 2012 the group moved to Fifth Street as the Millicent Community Art and Craft Centre. The group has expended to include scrapbooking, painting and drawing. In fact the premises are at full capacity with this mix of activities.
For 37 years the Millicent Community Art and Craft Group has maintained its aim to encourage the practice and promotion of Art and Craft in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.
Ant's Red Gum Gallery
BRINGING DEAD WOOD BACK TO LIFE:
Ant Martin is a disabled artist who is just hitting his stride with his fantastic Australian Hardwood sculptures.
|Location:||144 Williams Road, Millicent|
Dagny Strand Art House Gallery
Artwork by Dagny Strand. Workshops and tuition available. Weekend Blacksmithing demonstrations by Bruce Kennewell
|Location:||5 Petticoat Lane, PENOLA SA 5277|
|Phone:||Dagny - 0421 710 902|
|Bruce - 0428 813 097|
|Opening Hours:||11am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday or by appointment|
Gallery 54 is located in historic Penola, adjoining South Australia's premium wine growing area of Coonawarra. The members of the gallery are artists of the region who display contemporary fine art such as sculpture, pottery, jewellery, painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles. Exhibition room and courtyard.
|Location:||54 Church Street, Penola|
|Phone:||(08) 8737 2808|
|Opening Hours:||10am - 4pm Thursday to Monday. All school holidays|
Gallery @ Millicent Visitor Information Centre
Displays and exhibitions are held here on a regular basis. These include: Numerous photographic displays, Quilts during the Geltwood Craft Festival, Timber Display as part of the Two Tall Timbers Exhibition, Christmas Tree Display during the Christmas tree Extravaganza and much more. Be sure to pop in and have a look around!
Guy Detot's Le Max Gallery
The art works you always wanted - but didn't know you did!
|Location:||28 Young Street, PENOLA SA 5277|
|Phone:||(08) 8737 3009|
|Mobile:||0408 373 007|
|Opening hours:||Sometimes, anytime, maybe and by appointment.|
John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Gallery
The John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize Collection comprises the winning entries of the annual Penola Coonawarra Festival art competition. It was developed in 1992 to commemorate the work of the Penola born poet.
|Location:||Arthur St - John Riddoch Centre (Penola Visitor Information Centre)|
|Phone:||(08) 87 372855|
Local Images Art Gallery
Fine art from the region and leading Australian artists' paintings, sculptures, jewellery, pottery and glassware.
|Location:||55 Church Street, Penola|
|Phone:||08 8737 3434|
Old Vine Studio
The studio has a range of works hanging and visitors are welcome to purchase, wander around, ask questions and listen too the stories that are part of every piece. Most of the work is professionally framed as it compliments the story.
|Location||3 Jessie Street, Penola|