Artists of the Coast book launched

Artist and author Glenn Hambleton at the book launch

Central Coast artist Glenn Hambleton officially launched his book Artists of the Central Coast in Their Own Words on Saturday, May 14 at The Entrance Gallery.

The hardcover coffee table book features conversations with 39 local artists.

“Each artist has shared their artistic journey, giving the reader a deep personal insight into their passion for art and creativity,” Hambleton said.

“In early 2017 I decided to write a book. I wasn’t sure what the book was going to be about, other than it was going to involve my love for the arts.

“This all came about because my mother, who passed away too young, had written a book she hoped to have published but this never eventuated. I feel proud to have completed this book and I feel my Mum has been with me all through this journey, encouraging me to get it done even when I thought it would never get finished.

“I moved to the Central Coast from Western Australia in 1989. I instantly fell in love with the Coast and was in awe of the coastline and its beautiful bays, beaches and the great surf. I eventually settled in Kariong, and loved kayaking the mighty Hawkesbury River” he said.

“I decided to write a book that told the artists’ story from when they first started art to where they are now in their art careers.

“It was important to me that I covered various mediums, genres and styles so I reached out to sculptors, photographers, environmental artists and, most importantly, some of our local Indigenous artists.”

The result of Glenn’s hard work is a beautifully designed coffee-table style book showcasing 39 amazing local artists.

There will be another talk and book signing at the Gosford Regional Gallery from 10am to 4pm, Saturday, May 21.

Some of the featured artists at the book launch

Featured artists

Graeme Balchin, Garry Purchase, Nina Angelo, Katerina Apale, Russell Austin, Sue Bannister, Karen Bloomfield, Kylie Cassidy, Leasha Craig, Nicole de Mestre, Simone Dennis, Ken Duncan, Jon Ellis, Steven Fisher, Donna Fletcher, Margaret Fortey, Kath Giovanelli, Paul Haggith, Glenn Hambleton, Yianni Johns, Ken Knight, Meg Lewer, Kelly-Anne Love, Trena Lowe, Debbie Mackinnon, Paul Macklin, Paula MacMillan Perich, Glenn McKimmin, Klayte McSweeney, Helen Mortimer, Felicity O’Connor, Robyn Pedley, Judith Price, Jordan Richardson, Lavinia Smith-Lewis, Mike Staniford, Peter Stuckey, Elsie Winkel and John Woulfe.

Media statements, Glenn Hambleton, May 16, 2022