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Foyer Gallery

Opening Hours & Location

The Foyer Gallery is in the Civic Centre, Elizabeth Street Moss Vale and is open 8.30 am - 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.

Current Exhibition - Foyer Gallery

Main Exhibit

Kirsten Deakin

Kirsten Deakin is an artist living in Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands. 

Despite having a degree in science, Kirsten has studied and enjoyed making art and creating, her entire life. She returned to art as a career in 2006 after the birth of her second child and has balanced her own painting and drawing with bringing art and inspiration to children and adults alike through her painting classes and weekend workshops.

Tribal Woman

Kirsten’s paintings feature a wide variety of subject matter from still life to portraits, styled with contemporary realism. Her animal portraits are renowned for their beautiful, gentle eyes that truly represent the “pathway to the soul”. 

Two Cows

Kirsten has experimented with water colour, acrylic, oil paints and also loves sketching in graphite and charcoals. 

Brown CowBlack cow

Kirsten currently runs weekly painting classes for adults and teens and weekend workshops. 

To learn more about workshops, or commission and purchase artworks you can contact Kirsten directly.

Visit the foyer exhibition to view more exhibits or email Kirsten or call 0401 326 700 to enquire about artworks and to purchase. 

Current Exhibition - Exhibition Cabinet

Endangered Species Exhibit

National Threatened Species Day is commemorated across the country on 7 September to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction.

It is commemorated annually on September 7th, the anniversary of the death in captivity of the last known thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger. On 7 September 1936, only two months after the species was granted protected status, ‘Benjamin’, the last known thylacine, died from exposure at the Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart.

Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Over the last 200 years, more than 100 animal and plant species have become extinct.
In NSW alone there are close to 1000 animal and plant species at risk of extinction.

Threatened Species Day is when we turn the spotlight on native plants, animals, and ecosystems that are under threat and reflect on how we can protect them into the future.

The day also celebrates the amazing work that is being done to save them by passionate conservationists, researchers, volunteers, and community experts.

Endangered Species Exhibition Cabinet

Exhibition Cabinet artworksEndangered species artworks

Michelle Peddle

Passionate about Australian native flora and fauna, Michelle Peddle is particularly interested in showcasing endangered and vulnerable species. Michelle is an Australian scratchboard artist based in the Southern Highlands. The technique of scratchboard etching is primarily subtractive layering, created with a simple knife to create lights and line often creating a very realistic image. 

ParrotBlack cockatoo

This exhibition encourages viewers to immerse themselves in the simple fine detail of each animal as if looking through a magnifying glass.

Karon Sacks

The passion in my Art Work reflects my love for Animals of all kinds, and plant life. Generally speaking Nature. I use Ink and Watercolour and Acrylics. My life started in Africa and at times I reflect that love of African wild life, however for the most part I have lived in this magnificent country - Australia.


We are fortunate enough to have incredible beauty in both fauna and flora. In my art I reflect upon this aspect of life, not to mention the far northern tropics of our amazing country. My art reflects this vibrancy and exotic beauty. 


We need to remember the Endangered Spices of our regions, as they lie in our constant care. I hope you all enjoy my contribution in this exhibition.

Karon Sacks

Apply to Exhibit

To exhibit in either the Foyer Gallery or the Exhibition Cabinet, please complete the Arts Foyer Exhibition Application and send along with any supporting images and flyers (if applicable) to:

Cultural Development Officer

Telephone: 02 4868 0855 

EmailFoyer Gallery Enquiries


DownloadArts Foyer Exhibition Application

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Mayoral Cabinet - School Art Program

A special thank you to the teachers and children at 

Bundanoon District Community Preschool who supplied the artwork for our wildlife theme this month. 

Wildlife CabinetWildlife cabinet

The children of Bundanoon District Community Preschool have been exploring a variety of art styles this year. We have been inspired by the works of Claude Monet, Peter H. Reynolds, Andy Goldsworthy and Jeannie Baker, as well as by local artists Aunty Wendy Lotter and Shelley O’Bryan. Each of the four levels of this art display has been influenced by some of our favourite books.

Every child in the Magpies class has contributed to this nature-based art display entitled “Wildlife”. Many of the materials were collected on our twice weekly Nature Quest outdoor learning sessions.

Wildlife cabinet displayWildlife cabinet

Aunty Wendy Lotter recently depicted the philosophy of Bundanoon District Community Preschool in the following artwork.

Aunty Wendy Lotter's depiction of the philosophy of Bundanoon District Comunity Preschool

Aunty Wendy Lotter and the staff of Bundanoon District Community Preschool designed this artwork collaboratively, following extensive consultation, discussion and reflection. Aunty Wendy Lotter’s ten-year relationship with the preschool gave her great insight into painting this depiction of the Preschool's Philosophy, which has been evolving over time in response to changing community needs, educational guidelines and educators’ awareness of the rights of the child.

The labyrinth signifies the deliberate carving out of time and space for ongoing professional development as well as deep personal and corporate critical reflection. These serve to enhance our ethical thinking, and constantly improve educational practices.

The inclusion of the Nature Quest fire circle depicts the purposeful blending of risky play with an awareness of personal and corporate safety in our daily planning, practices and routines. Interwoven throughout the artwork is love and respect for the natural environment and its inclusion as a valued and sustainable educational resource.

The two, linked educational circles show the importance of providing age and developmentally appropriate educational programmes and the smooth flow and transition from one space to another.

The educational circles depict the provision of nurturing and wisdom for children, families and educators who work collaboratively to seek the best physical, emotional and cognitive outcomes for all.

The holistic educational journey is signified by strong purposeful links, highlighting the close partnerships the preschool has established with community groups, facilities and the local schools. 

The interconnection of all spaces highlights the child's right to a holistic, play-based environment that affords them time for deep observation, enquiry, and engagement, which promotes in them a passion for lifelong learning.

2019 Themes

Each month the theme of the cabinet will change. The themes for the remainder of the year are:






My Dad



To apply to exhibit in the Mayoral Cabinet School Art program, please read the Program Information below and complete the Arts Foyer Schools Exhibitor Application and send to:

Cultural Development Officer

Telephone: 02 4868 0855

Email: Foyer Gallery Enquiries

PDFMayoral Cabinet School Art Program Information for Exhibitors

PDFArts Foyer Schools Exhibitor Application

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Last Updated: September 10th, 2019
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