Event: Libbet Loughnan Art Exhibit at the National Arts Club, Gramercy Park & Brunch, March 4

Join AWNY for a very special tour of an art exhibit, Gramercy Park, and brunch. Australian artist Libbet Loughnan has a solo exhibition at the National Arts Club. Libbet has offered to give AWNY a private viewing of her exhibition and a walk through exclusive Gramercy Park. Afterwards we plan to go to brunch as a group to a nearby restaurant.

Event Details

Date: Saturday March 4, 2017
Time: 11:00am
Address: National Arts Club – 15 Gramercy Park South (between Park and Lex)
Cost: Free to attend, brunch is at your own cost.
RSVP: This event is open to men and women but RSVP is essential by March 1:

UPDATE: RSVPs have now closed for this event. We hope you can join us for the next one!


About the Artist

Libbett Loughnan with some of her work.

Libbett Loughnan with some of her work.

Libbet Loughnan’s paintings explore the fragility and connectedness of humanity. Her work reflects a childhood rich in family warmth under the Australian sun, stories encountered across countries in adult life – particularly in NYC – and a desire for more reflection on the place of humans within nature. Usually working with dark and bright acrylic on wood, Libbet also produces watercolors on paper and sculptures.
Libbett Loughnans "Childhood Baths #4”, 2016, Acrylic on Wood, 9x16 inches framed

Libbet Loughnan’s “Childhood Baths #4”, 2016, Acrylic on Wood, 9×16 inches framed

See more of Libbet’s work

For more background on the artist,  see www.libbetloughnan.com.
Photo credit: Miriam Grundy

Everywhen: Australian Indigenous art takes center stage in Boston

Written by AWNY Committee Member, Miriam Grundy.


AWNY is excited to share that the biggest exhibition in 25 years of contemporary Australian Indigenous art has opened at the Harvard Art Museums, Boston, and is on display through September 18, 2016.

American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia is supporting the upcoming exhibition Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia.

An exhibition of this scope has not been seen in the United States since the seminal Dreamings exhibition, held at the Asia Society, New York City in 1988. Often cited as the event that introduced American collectors to Australian Indigenous art, Everywhen will be just as significant in introducing a new generation of audiences to what Australian art critic, Robert Hughes described as the ‘last great art movement of the 20th Century’.

The exhibition features more than 70 works of varying scale and media, drawn from public and private collections in Australia and the United States, including important artworks from the National Gallery of Australia’s Indigenous collection.

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What’s On August 2015



Who’s missing the Australian Beaches right now? If there was any doubt summer in NYC had arrived, the temps this week will definitely confirm it for us. This summer will bring sweltering highs (95 degrees Fahrenheit expected this week!) so we have put together a list of NYC events that we hope will help to keep you entertained, well-fed and above all well-watered while enduring the stickiness of August in New York City. Make sure you get along to one of the many AAA or AWNY events this month too. Curated by Joanna Hishon and the AWNY Communications Team.

Get along to the America Australia Association’s Rooftop Summer Social on Thursday August 6th from 6.30PM. Held at the Northern Territory in Brooklyn (12 Franklin Street), you can gobble free sausage sarnies (or portobello mushroom sarnies) in the reserved area (no cover charge) and catch up with your fellow AAA and AWNY members. Cash bar.

The Ashes are on from August 7th – 20th and what better place to watch than at The Australian on West 38th Street. Live coverage from 11.00AM and replays in the evening.

Kitty Napanangka Simon, Australian Aboriginal Artist, is exhibiting her work at Chasm Gallery in Brooklyn. Opening night is July 31st and the exhibition runs until August 16th. There is a special afternoon for AWNY members and friends on Saturday August 15th at 3.00PM (Tickets $10). For more information about the artist visit Pollon Art.

If you’re a dancer or prancer, a biker, walker or runner, then get along to Summer Streets. The first three Saturdays in August are dedicated to the streets of New York City. 7.00AM – 1.00PM on the 1st, 8th and 15th.

Kasey Chambers performs at City Winery on August 7th (this event is sold out but you can add your name to the wait list and keep your fingers crossed) and at AmericanaFestNYC (part of the Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors program) on August 8th.

Australian production Stalker: The Musical joins the line up for NYC Fringe Festival . Catch this or any number of great productions between August 14th – 30th.

EAT! Restaurant Week is running until August 14th so make sure you take advantage of the great prices and great fare!

If you haven’t attended the Jazz Age Lawn Party yet then check out Governor’s Island on either the 15th or 16th August. Tickets are $55 and you can book for either Saturday or Sunday. Performances run from 11.00AM – 5.00PM across 2 stages.

DGA NY Theater is screening Australian film Healing on Friday August 14th at 3.00PM. Staring Hugo Weaving, Don Hany and Xavier Samuel, the screening is a free event but you need to register to secure a seat. Email istewart@dga.org.

Photo credit: Joanna Hishon

Event Review: Affordable Art Fair

On a Sunday evening in late September, a group of Aussie women met at the Affordable Art Fair to view a variety of art. Heidi Gerschwitz reports:

We joined Affordable Art Fair Manager Nikki Iacovella for a chat about art over a couple glasses of wine.  Nikki, an Australian, is the Exhibitor Relations person and has an extensive background in gallery management working in Melbourne.  The Affordable Art Fair is a unique way to view a large variety of art in a relaxed atmosphere.  Nikki explained that they select art from 50 local and international galleries to exhibit.  All art must be priced between $100 – $10,000 and at least half of the selection must be under $5000.  We strolled up and down the “tunnel” exhibition hall, enjoying the interesting diverse collection of art, from modern splashes of colour on a canvas, to eclectic designs and pictures, scenic paintings and interesting photos and sculptures. There was something there to appeal to every taste.  Apparently the first art piece was snatched up 15 minutes after the official opening earlier in the week.  Last time, the Affordable Art Fair sold over 900 pieces.  Although none of us bought anything, we did take home the names of a few galleries and artists to look into further.

AWNY Members Invited to an Exclusive Viewing of “Fresh”, by Krysia Woods

Denise Bibro Fine Art

Invites Members of AAA and AWNY to a private viewing and talk on

“Turn On Your Creative Brain”

by International Australian Artist and Speaker

Krysia Woods

Thursday, May 22, 6.30 – 8.00 pm


2013-14, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36"

Summer’s Path, 2013-14, acrylic on canvas

Denise Bibro Fine Art invites AAA & AWNY members to an exclusive reception for International Australian Artist and Speaker, Krysia Woods, whose current solo exhibition “Fresh” runs through May 31.

Woods, the first Australian artist to be contracted by America’s largest Gallery Group, The Wentworth Gallery, has been selling her paintings in the U.S. long before she moved here permanently. Woods has exhibited in New york, California, and Florida, and has collectors all over the world.

Enjoy a drink with your fellow AAA & AWNY members, Immerse yourself in the abundance of creativity on display in the two galleries which will be open for this event. Krysia will be speaking in on of the galleries. Her solo exhibition is in the adjoining gallery for you to enjoy.

In her talk she will demonstrate how you can “Turn On Your Creative Brain” to boost productivity in the workplace and add value to your business by thinking more creatively. She will share points on how to see the world though the eyes of an artist, which will be detailed in her book of the same title to be released late this year.

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