Author Archives: markwiddupsartaffair

ken strong

The Storm – A thank you and who and what was affected!

Growing up in Sydney (especially in the summer during my teenage years) storms were common. You would feel the temperature drop, the wind travel across the bay and the front has arrived! Sometimes there was a sound preceding the wind, followed by what we called a squall – rain and wind combined. A little history; […]

My emotional visit to Gallipoli

Last year I wrote a blog for ANZAC Day focused on the occasion, however this year’s is focusing on the human experience. During a visit to Turkey 4 years ago our family went to Gallipoli much to the encouragement of our daughter who studied the event at school. The anticipation to visit Gallipoli meant it […]

We Get By

We Get By in 2015 | Showcasing emerging artists

In 2013 the concept for We Get By was developed, it was to be an art exhibition to encourage and showcase emerging artists aged 40 years and younger. The desire was of course to offer support to younger and emerging artists who still had time to build their careers in the visual arts and to […]

mark widdup

What do we want? A reflection on New Years Day 2015

What do we want? Hot, wet, humid without turkey or ham with less formality and the cricket season has started. The tennis tragic waiting for the first of the championship series in Perth followed by Brisbane, Sydney and the ‘Australian Open’ in Melbourne. When you have time I lament the newspapers are smaller – less […]

mark widdup

Mark Widdup’s 2014 Christmas Message

Problems, problems… No, consider them as challenges! Is there a simple yet obvious way to defuse the chaos at times surrounding us all with the Christmas festive season upon us? My recommendation to defuse the tension at this time. Close your eyes for 60 seconds and take 3 deep breaths and slowly exhale, do this […]

rod bathgate

Is this Australia’s best pastel artist?

Rod Bathgate has been a long term exhibitor at Cooks Hill Galleries, one of Australia’s leading commercial art galleries. Arguably one of Australia’s most accomplished pastel artists, he captures the Newcastle coastal seascape panorama with the familiarity and comfort of a local! He is the definitive Newcastle artist, having grown up at the beach with […]

steve glassborow

A Hint of the Whimsical and a Touch of Magic From a Master Artisan

Steve Glassborow is a frequent exhibitor at the Cooks Hill Galleries, who as a rule has presented a successful yearly exhibition for nearly two decades! An incredible achievement from any artist. Glassborow is an active professional sculptor, formerly trained in the UK he is usually associated with bronze figurative sculpture. 2014 sees him offering a […]