24 May – 11 August 2018

‘Caste’- Georgie Beard – Acrylic paintings

‘TREE/CREEK’ – Paula Martin – Mixed media


Nature – studies and impressions by two artists

Georgie Beard last exhibited at Falkner Gallery in 2014 with her meticulously painted egg tempera ‘portraits’ of chairs. It was a highly successful exhibition with each chair cleverly conveying the personality of its owner.

Formerly from Melbourne, Georgie now lives in Port Stephens, NSW, an area of great beauty and bio-diversity. Beachscapes, soaring forests and lush wetlands exist alongside the manicured lawns and treescapes of a thriving tourist area.

Georgie’s new exhibition downstairs ‘Caste’ is a series of studies of trees from the area. The title Caste references the Indian demarcation of society according to occupation and subsequent wealth. Her trees tell the tale of nature’s survival – either naturally or by being controlled by man. Some survive and thrive by natural means; others are pandered and protected into manmade environments by their wealthy owners.


Paula Martin‘s exhibition TREE|CREEK’ upstairs also relates to nature but rather than being ‘portraits’ of her creek subjects, Paula explores and expresses how nature and her morning creek walks affect her. She writes of her works: ‘Some are landscapes, some are details of patterns within the creek landscape. Some are abstracted and some are immediately identifiable, but all are paintings that are ‘about’ some other sense of being or feeling….. My inspiration involves early morning walks; same walk, always different. Crepuscular darkness, early morning light changing, veils of mist, wind, water’s depths, its mirrored surrounds, a confusion of seeing which accentuates a feeling of mystery.’ Martin

Paula was Head of Scenic Art with the Australian Opera in Sydney before moving to Castlemaine in 2015. In that role she was scenic artist, props maker and wardrobe art finisher. She therefore has a wealth of skill and experience in all fields of creative art – fine art, scenic art, design, costume, props, masks and sculpture. Her two-dimensional works in ‘TREE|CREEK’ are expressed in ink, pastel, pencil, acrylic and oil paint in and clearly illustrate her competency in all media.

It is fascinating to see these two artists’ totally different interpretations of the nature that exists around them.

Meet the artists Sat 26 May 2-4pm


 ‘Caste’ and ‘TREE|CREEK’ exhibitions commence 24 May and will continue until 11 August.

The gallery will be closed for the Winter Break 24 June – 24 July.

Hours: Wed 1-5, Thurs – Sat 11-5, Sunday by appointment.


16 August – 6 October 2018

‘Solitude’ – Jan McNeill – Oil paintings

‘Fleet of foot’ – Liz McLennan – Watercolours


To lift your spirits – don a winter coat or a fantasy costume!

Confronted every day with news of global tragedy, trauma, hatred and horror, it is reassuring and inspiring to contemplate the beauty of nature and the power of the human spirit.

Two artists at Falkner Gallery do just that but in quite different ways.

Jan McNeill’s exhibition ‘Solitude’ is a series of realist seascapes that depict rugged, rocky cliffs, wild, stormy seas and bleak, moody skies. Her powerful oil painting technique coupled with the intense, brooding colours are reminiscent of the breathtaking compositions of 19th Century German Romantic painters such as Caspar Friedrich.

Jan’s compositions are often populated by a sole spectator perched high on a cliff top or swept along the beach by a fierce wind. Such visions transport the viewer into another world, offering a feeling of awe, an acknowledgement of the power and beauty of nature. They encourage the viewer to reflect and find peace and solitude, thus lifting the spirit.

In a different way, so too do the whimsical, theatrical watercolours by Liz McLennan in her exhibition upstairs entitled ‘Fleet of Foot’.

Liz has studied the habits and behaviours of Central Victorian birds. She describes their “extraordinary songs, graceful and unique flight patterns, faultless markings and colours…” which she ascribes to humans dressed in fanciful costumes, much like actors of the Italian ‘Commedia dell’ arte’ of the 16th -18th Centuries. 

She continues: ”Circus, music and theatre imagery express human attempts at emulating flight with impossible balance and daring.” [McLennan] In her compositions, masked, costumed figures dance, perform, fly and parade, mimicking the antics of local birds. Her paintings are magical illustrations of humans in their own world, far removed from reality. Theirs is the world of theatre, music, literature and the circus.

The viewer is similarly encouraged to ignore everyday reality and rejoice in the magic of the imagination.  

Both exhibitions commence 16 August and continue until 6 October.

Liz will be present Saturday 18 August 2 – 4pm


Hours: Wed 1-5, Thurs – Sat 11-5, Sunday by appointment.