MEET 3 GALLERY OWNERS FROM
Independent Galleries Newcastle
Caroline Christie from Gallery Sixty One Revisited
On Hunter Street between Darby St and the Mall, you'll find the bright orange sign of Gallery Sixty One Revisited, originally opening in May 2015 as Gallery of Modern Shart, it rebranded and relaunched under it's present incarnation. Its name taken from Caroline's love for Bob Dylan's song. Caroline studied Fine Art/Philosophy in Sydney then spent time living in Melbourne and New York, returning to settle in her hometown of Newcastle where her family lives. She realised early that in Newcastle arts industry jobs are very few and far between. So instead she created her own, and with a little research and the knowledge she gained during art school, she started her own gallery. Caroline's family and friends have provided much needed and grateful support and Gallery Sixty One has quickly established a following. With it's lively Friday night openings including Live Music and sometimes poetry, there is always a good vibe when you visit this gallery.
Jo Chisolm-Ray from Cstudios Art Gallery
Jo's gallery is situated in the beautiful old Bellevue Hotel opposite Bank Corner in Newcastle West. The Bellevue hotel dates back to 1885 and once inside if you look up you can still view some of the original building. Jo lovingly restored and renovated the interior transforming the old pub into a purpose-built gallery space. Cstudios Art Gallery opened in February 2014, Jo says “this has been a life-long dream for me and finally has come to fruition”. Before Jo started her gallery, she worked as an art teacher for over 35 years, raised a family and established a family business with her partner. Her love of art, combined with her teacher and business experience have all contributed to the establishment of this destination gallery. Cstudios regularly holds workshops by artists and exhibits local, Hunter, Central Coast as well as Sydney and Melbourne based artists.
Me, Ahn Wells from Gallery 139
I've been exhibiting and working in local galleries since my art school days at TAFE andUni. I received a NAVA scholarship in 2004, straight after graduation and travelled overseas to look and study art, when I returned I planned to move to Melbourne but never did. I think now, I'm too settled and too happy with what Newcastle has to offer. I like seeing the new grow from the old, I don't even mind the controversial Brett Whiteley egg in front of Newcastle Art Gallery. Somehow it sums up more about art today than we may want to admit. It was never my intention to start my own gallery but I did and in February 2015, Gallery 139 opened on Beaumont St Hamilton with a big group exhibition. Of course, now I love it. I love being able to make the final decisions and to bring together artists to exhibit. I'm grateful to friends who willing and more importantly, regularly give up their time to help and of course, I love that I can bring Coco, to work everyday.