Chris Vella has been a professional artist for more than 40 years. After completing her art studies at Wollongong West Fine Art College and Wollongong University, Chris's journey of passionately exploring and experimenting led her to work in an expressionistic technique, one that has a meditative quality.

Education
Wollongong West Art College .... Diploma in Fine Arts
Wollongong West Art College .... Mature Fine Arts Diploma
Wollongong University .......... Fine Arts Degree
Awards
2016 Lillipilli Exhibition Oil Painting Award ........ Woolgoolga Gallery
2013 Australia Day Cultural Award .................... Somerset Council
2013 Moore Art Award (Highly commended)............... Moore
1975 Bankstown Art Awards (Highly commended) ......... Bankstown
Commissions
2013 Private commission ........5 paintings for Karren Wheildon
1989 Bicentennial Public Art ...Sculpture Windang Park, Windang NSW
1989 Bicentennial Mural ........Woolongong Regional Gallery
Collections
2015 Page Garland .... Australia
Private collections Australia:- Nowra, Boweral, Wollongong, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Queensland.
Private Collections:- Germany, Ascona, America
Business
2015-2016...Art for kids @ Chris's ArtSpace Woolgoolga NSW
2014-2016...Chris's ArtSpace Studio/Gallery Woolgoolga NSW
2007-2013...Chris's ArtSpace Studio/Gallery Mt Beppo Qld
Figure of life workshops
Artist connection Days
Harmony days Visual and performance exhibitions
1998........Private Art Lessons.....Callala Bay NSW
1995........Courthouse Gallery Café. Balmain NSW
1986........Bazaar Gallery Café......Berry NSW
Volunteer Positions
2015........Woolgoolga Art Gallery
2012........RADF Committee member.....Somerset region Qld
2012........Kikarts Youth Festival Coordinator Esk Qld
2012........Kikarts Summer (Youth Art lessons) Mt. Beppo Qld
2010........Kikarts Festival Committee member
2007-2010...Promotions Officer..Somerset Art Society...Esk Qld
1997........Curated Multi Cultural Art Exhibition for Shoalhaven City Council Nowra,
1993........Curated Shop Window Exhibition (20 shops) Berry NSW. "100 South Coast Visions" A Berry to thr Border Cultural Tourism Event held in association with the Bundanon trust.
Magazine Articles
2016....Artist Pallette issue 54
2016....Art Platform America
2016....Art Masters America
2015....Aesthetica Issue 66
2015....Articular European Magazine
2010....Artist palette Issue 90
Exhibitions
2016....Woolgoolga Art Gallery....Lillipilly Exhibition
2015....Sawtell Art Gallery.......Sawtell Art Exhibition
2015....Esk Civic Centre..........Somerset Art Awards
2013....Boonah Regional Gallery...Spectrum exhibition
2013....Supper room Art Gallery...Art Awards
2013....Simion Lord Room Gallery..Coordiator Kikarts Exhibition
2012....Lockyer Valley Gallery....Not just Black and White Exhibition
2012....Chris's ArtSpace Gallery..Harmony Exhibition
2011....Warego Wines Gallery
2011....Gainsborough greens Awards..Stand by me painting.
2011....Simion Lord Room Gallery...3 of a Kind...Mother relief work
2010....St Andrews Gallery Esk.....Hand in hand exhibition
2010....Lockyer Valley Gallery.....Prehistoric to Contemporary exh
2009....St Andrews Gallery.........Cosmo
2008....St Andrews Gallery.........Get involved
2007....St Andrews Gallery.........Mixed Media "Pallet on the wall"
2003....BDAS Gallery...............Eagles Fly Exhibition
2002....Government House Canberra..People Power..Collage
2000....Budawang Gallery Ulladulla..Acromatic Exhibition
1999....Bagigi Gallery Pyrmont.....People Plus
1999....BDAS Gallery Bowral........Food,Faces,Figures and Fish
1998....BDAS Gallery...............All that Jazz
1998....Pelican Rocks Res..........Abstract
1997....Nowra School of Arts.......Swamp Rhythm installation
1997....Nowra council building.....Cosmo multi cultural exhibition
1996....BDAS Gallery Boweral.......Bay Moods
1994....Clifton Pub Wollongong.....Pub Culture Exhibition
1993....Shop front Exhibition Berry..Baring it all(Butchers)
1993....Pedagreenie Gallery Melbourne..Loose ends
1993....Punch Gallery Balmain......Expectations exhibition
1989....Bicentenary Sculpture......Sails...Six month project Windang
1989....Bicentennial Mural.........Wollongong City Gallery
1988....Karoona Gallery Wollongong..Act 11 Scene v11
1985....Green Iguana Gallery Newtown Sydney
1980....Karoona Gallery Woolongong..Beg Borrow and Steel...Sculpture
1978....Karoona Gallery Woolongong..Human Emotions