Wednesday, 19 February 2014

So what are Altered Books?

I love a good book, which led to my love of altered books. Any art form that allows me to reuse and repurpose unwanted  materials excites me immensely. I have used it as a creative outlet over the years, firstly as a way to do personal works to help me through the bad times and focus on the good (art therapy I guess you would call it). Now I use books as frames for my assemblage art works and pages to draw illustrations on.
I have just finished running a two day workshop on Altered Books and thoroughly enjoyed being able to share this art form with others. For those who are still wondering 'What is an altered book?', take a quick read of this ....

If you live in Melbourne (Australia) would like to take a look at my altered book/assemblage art in the flesh, pop on down to my exhibition. This is the only solo show I will be having this year. Opening Friday 28 February. 6-9 pm.
I would love to see you there.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Busy times a coming...

I hope you have had a wonderful holiday break and are looking forward to all that 2014 has to offer. We adopted a dog for Christmas and the sweet boy follows me everywhere. He especially enjoys having a lie on the hammock and hanging out in the studio with me.  My year is starting off with a lot of great things, including an exhibition, workshops and art classes for adults. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love and share what I know with others. Please find all the details below and if you are able to come along I would love to see you. 


Later in the year I am following my heart and going on my dream trip to Mexico. I am really looking forward to absorbing the art, crafts, landscapes, food and culture. I am especially excited about being there for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). I plan to do many sketches and  take a lot of photographs in preparation for completing a body of work on my return.
To help me get there I will be having big studio sales starting in March. It will be a great opportunity for you to get original artwork very special prices. Layby will be available on some works and work can be sent worldwide.
Keep an eye out for details.
Until next time
Kelly xxx

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

New Exhibitions...

Today I set up some older and reworked paintings at Art @ 1 Spring Street (Melbourne).
Exhibition runs to mid January 2014. Pop in for a look if you get a chance
There is a sale running until Christmas - buy one piece get 30% off the second piece

Opening on the 6th of December is a group show Lost, Found, Reuse at Brunswick Street Gallery.  Pop in if you are in the area. I will put up the opening details and some images ASAP

Lost Found Reuse - 6 December - 19 December 2013 Along our daily routes and travels we encounter objects which become the lost, the found, or and sometimes, the reused



Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Give the gift of Art, whatever your budget

Well I have been trying to deny it, but Christmas time is creeping up on us again. Actually it is speeding towards us. I am sure the years are getting shorter as I grow older!
If you are like me and would rather be out enjoying the sun and going to BBQs than be in shopping malls with the rabid crowds and listening to never ending Christmas music, then help is at hand. I have a great range of prints, calendars and more at prices that won't break the budget. Even better- you don't have to leave home to get them.


2014 Calendars are available in three designs. Shakespeare's Birds (shown), Portraits and Babushka's. These calendars are great quality and the images can be framed after use.
At only $ 31.20 each it is a great way to get a selection of my art at a fraction of the cost.
Visit: to purchase.

Venus goes Retro by Kelly Gatchell Hartley 
Reflections and memories by Kelly Gatchell Hartley

Prints are available for many of my artworks. Prints range in price from $9.82 for a small (approx. 20cm) photographic print. Options include: prints in a variety of sizes, matted prints, mounted prints , canvas  prints and framed prints.
To view the works and options available visit:

Migration by Kelly Gatchell HartleyTweet Tweet by Kelly Gatchell Hartley
 There are lots of other goodies available too ( greeting cards, iphone cases and more). Just visit: . Happy shopping

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Another Time Another Place: The Exhibition

Another Time Another Place opened at 1 Spring Street on October 18. We had a fantastic night with lots of art lovers, live music and bubbles.

Exhibition continues until November 26
Art @ 1 Spring Street
Access via Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD
Open 9-5 Monday to Friday

We were lucky enough to get some great advertising for our show. Firstly we got a write up in the October issue of Art Almanac, then we got a photo in MX. Thanks to both of these publications for supporting local unknown artists.

Some photos from Another Time Another Place:
© Kelly Gatchell Hartley
© Kelly Gatchell Hartley
© Hola Holga

Friday, 4 October 2013

2 Weeks till Exhibition

woohoo 2 weeks to go. I am getting a little bit excited.
If you are local and available on Friday 18 October I would love to see you at the exhibition opening for $3 drinks, nibbles and of course some fantastic art.
The exhibition runs until 26 November.

I also have a couple more exhibitions coming up in the next 6 Months. A group show and a solo show. The details are below. Better get back into the studio!
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Sunday, 25 August 2013

New works and exhibition invite...

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2013
Life has been pretty busy lately. I am doing a course in Pathology which is really interesting. I am looking forward to channelling my inner vampire when it is finished. I am also beavering away on getting work ready for my upcoming exhibition. Hope you like the latest works I have just completed.
©Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2013
It is a little early, but if you will be around pop this into your diary. I am exhibiting with the lovely Hola Holga in October and we would love to see you there.