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Eden Gardens Exhibit

Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens
Garden Centre, North Ryde
Eden Garden Gallery
Eden Garden Gallery
Eden Gardens Poster
Eden Gardens Poster
Eden Garden Gallery - inside
Eden Garden Gallery - inside
Eden Garden Gallery - Display
Eden Garden Gallery - Display
Eden Garden Gallery -Entrance
Eden Garden Gallery -Entrance
Eden Garden -Exhibition Launch
Eden Garden -Exhibition Launch
Demo painting session
Demonstration painting using Acrylic paints
Demo painting session
Paintings sold
Paintings sold
Sea Bloom - Eden Garden Demo
Demo painting, a give away for one of my readers.
Sea Bloom - Eden Garden Demo
First ever solo exhibit...

My first ever solo exhibit held at Eden Gardens over March - April this year has definitely been one of the most significant achievements in  my creative career !

Eden Gardens is a beautiful garden centre on the Northern suburbs of Sydney. Encompassing a nursery, play area and many display gardens where the whole family can explore, relax and enjoy. 

There is also the busy "Dragonfly Cafe" for the guests to enjoy meals throughout the day.

Next to the Dragon Fly Cafe, is an awesome Gallery (see pic).
This is where my exhibit was set up.

Being a garden centre, any paintings on exhibit have to be of a botanical nature.

Due to a late cancellation, I was given an opportunity to exhibit- I was notified 6 weeks prior to the exhibition date.

From the moment I was given the opportunity to exhibit, the co-ordinators at Eden Gardens made the exhibition process effortless.
They produced all the posters (see pic), catalogue and tags for all the paintings.

All I had to do was to provide a minimum of 15 paintings and help hang up my paintings, however they did charge a 40% commission for any sales I made.

At the time of being notified, I had four small works of art. So, being very brave - I set up a target to complete 11 more pieces of artworks by the week before exhibition opening day (Yikes!).

Inside the Gallery... 

Eden Gardens Gallery, had enough space for 25 pieces of art to hang. 
There were approximately 8 panels (approximately 1.2metre wide), a large wall at the back & an inviting entrance.

I initially started off with small paintings, and as I produced more and more paintings - my confidence in my own painting ability and technique also grew (I have only painted with Acrylics medium since June 2012).

I have done some painting in oils, however that was about 10 years ago. When I paint in oil, I normally have a sketch or subject matter in mind prior to the actual painting.

So in the surrounds of Eden Gardens I was inspired by the decorative dragonflies and the "Dragonfly Cafe" and lotus ponds and waterlilies and I was drawn to paint them.

The theme...

So I produced four "Lotus" themed paintings in oil - however, as oils take longer to dry - I used Acrylic mediums (primarily local Aussie brand Matisse) for the remainder of my paintings.

When I use acrylic paints, I paint intuitively - that is, I have no subject matter in mind - I make marks, splatter and spray water, paint layer upon layer until I see an image.
Once I see the image - it sets the scene for the rest of the painting.
I had only recently started to paint intuitively (6months!).

To me, I feel that the most beautiful paintings I have produced are my intuitive paintings. I managed to produce 18 intuitive paintings for the exhibit. Within 6 weeks, I was able to produce 14 acrylics and 4 oil paintings - a huge undertaking and achievement, especially with 2 young kids and a part-time job.

I would have to say, I was very brave to take on such an enormous task, but I really believed that I could achieve this. I also offered to volunteer to do a painting demo at the garden centre over two weekends.

The demo was attended by a small group that stayed through to the end, whilst many other visitors dropped in and out to suss out what I was doing.

By the end of the exhibit, I managed to sell 6 paintings Yay!
Very happy indeed!

Thankyou to my family and friends...

The exhibition wouldn't have been possible without the help of my family and friends - I would especially like to thank  my husband, and my children's grandparents who helped in looking after my kids during the painting process & throughout the exhibition period. 

Thank you to my friend Nancy and sister Sharon, for helping me hang the paintings.

Also for the customers, those who stayed to watch the demo, and to my many online art community friends who have kept me inspired and motivated.

A special giveaway for my fans and readers...

As a thankyou to my readers, and support received from my fans through Facebook - I would love to giveaway the painting I created during my demo at Eden Gardens -

 "Sea Bloom" - acrylic 12 x 12" or 30x30cm, on a stretched gallery canvas, ready to hang!

For your chance to win this piece of Art, all you have to do is to either leave a comment on this blog, or leave a comment on the post in my Facebook page for this giveaway post.

The lucky winner will be drawn on Friday 24th May!
Good luck, and thankyou for stopping by!

14 Comments to Eden Gardens Exhibit:

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Shelly Penko on Sunday, 5 May 2013 2:00 AM
Wow, Teresa! I still cannot get over that you produced 18 of these gorgeous paintings in 6 weeks! That is an enormous achievement and I have so much admiration for you for being brave enough to take that on. And to do it so successfully! You have big things waiting for you, my friend!
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Pat Petersen on Sunday, 5 May 2013 7:24 AM
I love your determination in committing to this huge task. Glad you sold some of your work :) I love these.
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Teresa Myat Berg on Sunday, 5 May 2013 9:16 AM
Pat Petersen, I was very fortunate to have sold 6 paintings during the exhibit (phew!!) and some of them were fairly large ones. Any unsold paintings are still for sale - I have listed some of them here on the website & I'll be entering them into some prizes (fingers crossed ) Teresa xo

Teresa Myat Berg on Sunday, 5 May 2013 9:13 AM
Shelly Penko, Yes, I sure was very brave. Sometimes I still scratch my head and wonder how I managed to produce so many in a short time frame with work and 2 kids. Family support played a vital role during the production phase, and I am very thankful to my family for helping. Teresa xo
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Harmony on Sunday, 5 May 2013 1:52 PM
Theresa, I have so much respect for you. You are so brave and so wonderfully talented. Congratulations. I could only be LUCKY enough to win your painting, but if not, it really doesn't matter...I would have commented on your accomplishment anyway. YOUR FAN, Harmony
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Teresa Myat Berg on Sunday, 5 May 2013 5:10 PM
Thankyou Harmony, I am grateful to receive comments from any amazing artist like yourself. Teresa xo

Marilyn Davies on Tuesday, 7 May 2013 5:32 AM
Hi -- loved reading your blog and your paintings are beautiful......
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Teresa Myat Berg on Thursday, 9 May 2013 9:19 PM
Thanks for your lovely feedback Marilyn!

Marian Ostrowski on Monday, 13 May 2013 1:36 PM
Teresa, such an undertaking! I was thrilled watching the process-the paintings seemed to flow effortlessly, like you had something to say bottled up inside and finally found the words! Your work is stunning!
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Teresa Myat Berg on Monday, 20 May 2013 8:11 PM
Thankyou for your lovely comment Marian! It's been wonderful to have you as part of my online art community. Teresa .

Thomasina Baskind on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 1:09 AM
interesting things
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Oswald on Monday, 11 November 2013 12:09 AM
is an actual challenge
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Wendy Foster-Coleman on Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:53 PM
Dear Teresa, My heart was pounding whilst looking at your exhibition today at Eden Gardens. I wanted ALL of the paintings. Although not back at work I put a down a payment on one. I could NOT resist. I could not wait to get home and stay up till all was quiet to view your website. What beauty and magically inspirational work. The colours are amazing!!! I have recently had some difficult moments and your stunning creative paintings gave me such a lift. You are an amazing artist with a gentle magic touch. I can tell you paint with passion and love. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us. Sincerely yours, Wendy Foster Coleman
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Teresa Myat Berg on Friday, 23 May 2014 1:58 PM
Thanks so much for the feedback for the exhibition, means so much to me to receive this feedback. I am glad that you connect to my artwork. Teresa xo

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