Finally the work is finished! Oh yes, there is drying, mounting, sewing together and all those other things that remain to be done in the days before an exhibition opening, but the artworks themselves are more or less completed. The four of us are really excited about this show, which has been 2 years in the making… Sunday morning meetings at cafés, and then back home to paint, print, draw, sew and ponder; with countless emails updating each other on work in progress, ideas and anything and everything :)

Four artists – each with her own way of interpreting and exploring a collective theme….

This exhibition is all about… Being Human. It is a fairly wide scope, yet at the same time, being human is what connects and brings us together, both in the real world and in art. Through print-making, textiles, paintings & digitally painted drawings – we explore the essence of being human from the perspective of mood (melancholy, joy, anxiety, pleasure, anger, pain…), desires, myths and hopes  –  which together form an intrinsic part of every human being.

Please join us for the opening from 6pm Friday 18th May 2012

John Paynter Gallery – The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle 18th May – 3rd June 2012

Exhibition by:
Diane Eklund-Āboliņš, Annette Abolins, Helen Mortimer & Amanda Donohue

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Gallery Details:
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
Phone: 02-4925 2265


Above: Diane Eklund-Āboliņš –  Melancholy,  Annette Abolins – Anxiety,  Helen Mortimer – Walking in the Rain,  Amanda Donohue – Choleric 1

View more images here: and we hope to see you at the opening!
Annette :)


Art to me, is as much about understanding life and its mysteries, as it is about telling stories to connect with the world ...