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Summer sun!

posted 3 Dec 2015, 17:56 by Anna Watts

Summer has started and we are busy preparing next years program.  Christmas parties are in the pipe line and tonight we are off to the opening of the Blacktown City Art Award.  So it's a mixture of business and pleasure at the moment.  Actually business is always a pleasure so pleasure and leisure may be more like it!  We are really excited with what we have planned for 2016.  This time of year is great for focusing our energy.  We hope you are having just as a relaxed but purposeful lead up to Christmas as we are... Keep an eye out over the summer break for our new marketing material on this website and information about courses coming soon.  Enjoy the summer sun!

Sowing seeds...

posted 28 Jul 2015, 22:01 by Anna Watts

What a cold winter we are enjoying.  The beauty of the countryside is breathtaking along with the cold.  Dark falls early every night and it seems nature has gone to sleep too.  Still and quiet, under the ground, hidden in the plants, life goes on.  Persistence becomes a virtue through the changing seasons.  As for Pin Spot, we have been sowing the seeds of a very productive time ahead.  Family priorities have taken most of our time over the last eighteen months, but we are relaunching our programs for Spring 2015.  Seeds sown include a semester long course in beginners puppetry that we devised for a mixed ability group at Mamre House in 2014.  Participants and their families were very proud of their achievements in making and performing. The final performance revealed how much everyone's communication skills had grown through such fun.  We have also maintained our mentor service to develop the talents of a young woman in her business.  Currently, individual Transpersonal Art Therapy sessions are available at our Nirimba office on Wednesdays.  Stay tuned for more group news and newsletter signup coming soon!

BREED BUSINESS CENTRE, NIRIMBA

posted 15 Dec 2013, 20:19 by Anna Watts

Gerard outside our new office
Well, we have settled in at our new office at BREED Business Centre at Nirimba Education Precinct, Quakers Hill in Western Sydney.  During that time we have been very much welcomed by the staff at BREED, and have met many wonderful people.  In the last month we enjoyed running 3 x 40 minute puppetry workshops at Mamre House - not far away at St Marys.  The workshops were for people with intellectual disability as part of the regular Mamre Magic day, where participants get the chance to have a small "taste" of a new activity.  We have been discussing new programs with various local organisations - 2014 promises to be a very exciting year.  Until then, a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all, from us at Pin Spot.

WEBSITE UPGRADE

posted 4 Nov 2013, 03:37 by Anna Watts   [ updated 19 Nov 2013, 00:12 ]

We are giving our website a complete overhaul this week.  We are rebooting all our services at the same time as we take up a new office at Nirimba Education precinct Quakers Hill.  Stay tuned for new creative wellbeing workshops for organisations - staff and clients, groups for individuals to join, art therapy, mentoring and micro-business accounting services.  

Vast - photography show opens 1st Dec. 2011

posted 30 Nov 2011, 02:55 by Anna Watts

Moth & moon
You are warmly invited to our next art show:

VAST - Photography Exhibition featuring work by Carole Hampshire.

Opening 1st December 2011 6pm – 8pm.
The show runs until 22nd December 2011.

Pin Spot Gallery for Creative Wellbeing Parramatta presents photography focused on the still moments.  Carole Hampshire is preoccupied with still moments whether found in the serenity of a statue or the whirling movement of a dancer.
Travelling and study has developed Carole’s interest in Asian culture, especially the development of the Buddha image and Indian art and philosophy.  Her roots lie in black and white documentary photography but in the last few years she has moved towards a fascination with abstraction.

Carole has been involved with many photographic exhibitions in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and England.  She has contributed articles on photography and the arts to publications such as Eyeline, Photofile, Editions Review, Sydney Morning Herald and more recently The Blue Mountains Gazette

To see some of Carole's work, view http://www.blackheathart.com/galleryonline/galleryonline.htm

A big thank you to all involved in Grant Douglass' exhibition Verocity to Paint which has just finished this week.  It was very enjoyable to see the amazement on everyone's face as they viewed Grant's work which has been described as intense, detailed, and beautiful.  Congratulations and thanks to the artist.  Looking forward to seeing you at the gallery before Christmas.  Please see the "contact us" section of this site for the Pin Spot opening hours.

Ferocity to Paint

posted 31 Oct 2011, 21:40 by Anna Watts

Pin Spot is pleased to present the work of Western Sydney artist Grant Douglass.  Ferocity to Paint opens this Saturday 5th November 2011, 3pm to 5pm at the Pin Spot Gallery for Creative Wellbeing, and runs until 2nd December 2011
 
Grant Douglass lay in an art coma, but finally awoke with ferocity to draw & paint a hidden world - a world that most have no idea about: the life & journey of a “single twin”. After the death of his brother, Grant lost sight of their twinship, so too his art went into a coma. Now, nineteen years later he finds he was given a gift: in seeing death & feeling his twinship torn apart, it also showed him life.
 
Now Grant’s painted portraits of women celebrate life. Each portrait invites you to look into the eyes - the windows to the soul - because true beauty comes from within. Smaller works on paper celebrate happy days by the sea. All work is for sale.

WSABE

posted 13 Oct 2011, 21:09 by Anna Watts   [ updated 13 Oct 2011, 21:13 ]

Last night Gerard and I attended an exciting and inspiring event all about WASABE!  No, not the Japanese condiment you put on sushi, but the Western Sydney Awards in Business Excellent.  We made it to the finals!!  Thank you to the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce and their sponsors for such a wonderful opportunity to be uplifted by the achievements of our local business community.  Everything about last night was superb, thanks to interesting speakers, fantastic entertainment by Mike Gerace and his band, and excellent hospitality by Waterview at Bicentennial Park Homebush.  Thank you to everyone involved, particularly Merryn Spencer Creative Broker with Parramatta Council and all the other Pop Up Galleries!  Our current exhibition Waples and Watts has been extended by popular demand until 1st November 2011 - make sure you take the chance to see it! 

Fantastic Opening Night

posted 2 Sep 2011, 00:23 by Anna Watts   [ updated 6 Sep 2011, 18:10 ]

Last night we enjoyed the fantastic opening of the Pin Spot Gallery for Creative Wellbeing in Parramatta, part of  Pop Up Parramatta a project of Parramatta Council supported by Arts NSW.  A huge thank you to all the artists, art lovers and supporters on the night!!!  Amazing company, conversation, food and of course art made it a very exciting, community building event.  Congratulation to Peter Waples for introducing his work to a Western Sydney audience.  Peter is orginally from Lidcombe and did his plumbing appreticeship at Granville TAFE and he still has family connections in the area.  You will be amazed to see his Giant Kelp Birds which are over two metres high featured in the centre of the gallery.  View some photos by the Parramatta Advertiser at http://parramatta-advertiser.whereilive.com.au/photos/gallery/pinspot-gallery-parramatta/
Read an independent review and see some photos from opening night at http://festivalgirl.com.au/

Waples and Watts inaugural exhibition

posted 17 Aug 2011, 00:51 by Anna Watts   [ updated 17 Aug 2011, 01:53 ]

 
Pin Spot presents the inaugural exhibition opening 'Waples and Watts'.  Featuring paintings and drawings by Anna Watts and sculpture by Peter Waples. Exhibition opening Thursday 1st September from 6pm as part of the Pop Up Parramatta meet the artists night.  We look forward to celebrating with you the opening of Pin Spot's Gallery Space / Studio at Shop 16, Connection Arcade, Corner Darcy and Church Street Parramatta NSW 2150.  The level of interest from the public this week has been amazing - it will be great to continue the conversation at our offical launch.  The other galleries in the mall will also be open on the night; food and drink supplied; a great chance to meet others or bring your family and friends for a different Thursday night shopping experience.

Studio / Gallery

posted 23 Jul 2011, 19:41 by Anna Watts

Well it seems that Pin Spot has benefited from an incubation period at the Pop Up Parramatta Westpac site and is now ready to be even more accessible to the public.  Work is underway on transforming an empty shop front in the Connection Arcade (near Hungry Jacks & Parramatta Station) into a vibrant, unconventional gallery space / art studio.  This new venue on the ground floor will feature space for interactive workshops and private transpersonal art therapy, as well as displaying artworks by myself and guest artists.  One of the first artists to show with Pin Spot is Peter Waples who brings his imagination to bear on Copper, Brass, Steel, Timber, Found Items and Organic Garden Sculptures.  I am very excited about launching Pin Spot at the Connection Arcade with a show of our work in the next few weeks.  Preview Peter's work at www.artshapes.com.au  Please drop by to see the gallery work in progress - as soon as work is complete I will release the date of the launch.

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