CAS at Carringbush November - December 2022 

Carringbush Hotel, 228 Langridge St, Abbotsford

 23 November - 5 December 2022 

Review by Susan Gustafson

Opening night - Wednesday 23 November 2022

The Contemporary Art Society Pop-Up Art Exhibition opened on Wednesday 23 November, at the Carringbush Hotel, Abbotsford. A selection of original artworks, fresh from the artists’ studios, will be on display and for sale, until 5 December 2022.


Left to right: Still lifes with apple and earring by Luct Allnutt, The Forest by Robert Lee, Fan Palm Fiji and Into the Rainforest by Karen Foley


Walk in the Park, Northcote by Conrad Clark, and Seek the Truth by Susan Gustafson


A total of 24 artworks can be viewed in the comfort of the Carringbush Hotel, Abbotsford. The opening was an enjoyable evening of artists and friends, gathering to enjoy a drink and conversation, whilst surrounded by beautiful artworks. The venue itself is worth a visit, as its entire menu is Vegan. The food is delicious, and so, most of the visitors to the opening, decided to stay on and enjoy a mouth-watering meal. As if that wasn’t enough, we were entertained by one of the pub’s regular jazz pianists, who was simply amazing in his diversity.


At the opening on 23 November


Carringbush Hotel’s jazz pianist


Among the 24 artworks on display, a wide range of subject matter can be viewed. Robert Lee’s ‘The Forest’ is an intricate mix of fabric, beads and paint to create a well-balanced artwork. Cressida Fox’s ‘The Last all you can eat Supper Buffet’ is a parody of the original painting, The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci. Very skilfully executed, the participants are enjoying all variations of delicious food. Jelly, cupcakes, croque-en-bouche, whilst in their slippers. Susan Gustafson’s ‘Connected to Your Heart’ represents our journey through the pandemic, with all its challenges, and remembering to stay connected to our Hearts.


At the opening - works include New York Desynchronosis by Robert Lee, and The Last All You Can Eat Supper Buffet by Cressida Fox


Left to right: by Anita van Grootveld, Connected to your Heart by Susan Gustafson, Anonymous by Maureen Venville, Majestic Uluru by Thalia Andrews


This is a description of just a few of the 24 artworks that deserve to be viewed, during this exhibition. Each artwork is a unique expression of the artist’s imagination, and interpretation of our world. Art gives us the ability to view life from another’s perspective. It asks us to question our reality and to have a broader understanding of the world. Take the time, if you can, to enjoy this art exhibition, while also relaxing with a drink or a delicious vegan meal.


At the opening – CAS President Robert Lee with new CAS Member Yukiko Abe-Kruithof

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