Long Table Dinner with guest theatre maker Anna Loren, 6.00pm Wednesday 16 September

Long Table Dinner with guest theatre maker Anna Loren, 6.00pm Wednesday 16 September

At this Long Table Dinner in our gallery we’ll be surrounded by Me & Leonard & An Old Piano, an exhibition by artist Jo Williams, the result of years of her organic affair with music and a couple of old pianos.  We’ll also met theatre maker, Anna Loren. Anna has her creative studio at the Old Ambo and was a finalist in the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2020 – 2021. Anna will share with us her craft and the writing of her play Comfort which recently had its first public reading.  Diners will also get to see and hear about the latest addition to the gallery - a small gift shop.  Our COVID Safe Plan requires that in addition to the dish you will bring to share (and served by us) you bring your own plate, glass and cutlery. Yes, a picnic in the Old Ambo! We’ll set the tables, chairs, tablecloth and serving utensils. As numbers are limited, registration is required via FREE ticket from As numbers are limited, registration is required via FREE ticket from http://bit.ly/sepdinner And as always, expect the unexpected!  Date: 6.00pm, Wednesday 16th September Venue: The Old Ambo Gallery Cost: Free but ticket registration required Tickets: http://bit.ly/sepdinner Enquires: Ludmila 0434 357 862 or...
Me and Leonard and an Old Piano, by artist Jo Williams. Old Ambo Galleries, 28 August to 2 October

Me and Leonard and an Old Piano, by artist Jo Williams. Old Ambo Galleries, 28 August to 2 October

The exhibition Me & Leonard & an Old Piano by Jo Williams is the result of years of her organic affair with music and a couple of old pianos.  Jo works to music in her arts practice, from an eclectic selection ranging from Phillip Glass, Mama Mofo to Gregorian Chants. Her favourite though is Leonard Cohen. His music. His lyrics. Whether she is responding to African Drums or didgeridoo or Mozart, Jo believes that it is the song on the music page that will affect your emotions and therefore your mark making.  The piano entered Jo’s practice seven years ago when the Gympie Regional Art Gallery proposed she do a workshop over 3 weeks for their 15th birthday celebrations. The theme was ‘Playing Up’ with the image of a piano. Jo found an old piano in the Maryborough dump shop, but the logistics of getting it to Gympie were so overwhelming they got their own piano. So hers sat in the weather for a year before she dismantled it and started using the pieces in her drawings and in her assemblage pieces.  Earth Song Strike A Chord I Wish There Was A Treaty Jo uses acrylic paints and mixed media in her paintings and her themes are very organic and conceptual in nature. Her assemblages and sculptures are made up from layers of found objects – including old piano parts – and quite often organic material. Says Jo, ” I don’t analyse where my work is going. I start with a concept, an idea, lyrics from a song and it develops organically exploring different mediums as I roll.  It’s only looking...