Fifty Shades of Glass on show
Showcasing the talents and skills of local artists
FIFTY Shades of Glass is the beautiful glassware exhibition on show in Childers.
Childers Arts Space hosted the opening with the support of its dedicated team of friendly volunteers.
Guests were treated to delicious nibbles and drinks as they strolled through the exhibition.
With many of the items for sale in the exhibition, the jewellery will surely be flying out the door.
The wet weather may have played a small role in keeping the crowd numbers down. Only the passionate braved the weather warnings to be part of a grand event for the Childers Glass Art Group.
It was a long time in the making for all the artists in the group, many spending months and hundreds of hours on their projects.
The opening last Friday evening had the soothing tones of the musical group Highly Strung playing live to the artists and their guests.
Exhibitions officer Zoe Roos said Fifty Shades of Glass showcased local artists.
“Neriel Dobson opened the doors to her studio in 2007 to like-minded artists,” Ms Roos said.
“It was a place for artists to learn and encourage each other in the art of stained glass.”
Over the years the group has evolved and grown to include other arts and their practices.
Neriel Dobson opened the exhibition with the lines from the Cat Stevens song Oh Very Young.
“What will you leave us this time, you’re only dancing on this earth for a short time,” Cat Stevens sings.
“The Cat Stevens song relates to art, what we leave as artists is appreciated by the generations to come,” Ms Dobson said.
Ms Dobson said art has been here for centuries and in all cultures; art is a form of personal expression and artists tend to put their soul into their work.
“We have a kaleidoscope of art and artists in the exhibition, they have a strong passion for glass.”
Artists enjoyed the thrill of a challenge and got great pleasure from sharing knowledge, skill and techniques, she said.
“In years to come when our great, great, grandchildren see our work hanging on a wall they will know the people before them, and through our art we will have left a legacy,” Ms Dobson said.
The collaborative collection features mirrors, wall hangings, bowls, vases, jewellery and jewellery boxes and all incorporating different techniques and materials.
The Childers Glass Art Group is made up of our region’s most talented glass artists.
The exhibition is open until September 4.
Next on the calendar for Childers Art Space is the celebrated Terry Denton’s illustrations for the phenomenal Tree-house series.
The collection of his works will be open from September 6 to October 28 with the opening on September 9.
The original illustrations, sketches and layout show the development of crazy ideas, characters and stories for the famous series.
For your opportunity to experience Fifty Shades of Glass visit CHARTS in the Palace Memorial on Churchill St.
The gallery is open seven days a week. For more information phone the gallery on 4130 4876.
FIFTY SHADES: Childers Glass Art Group celebrates the opening at CHARTS.