Fifty Shades of Glass on show

Show­cas­ing the tal­ents and skills of lo­cal artists

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT180716CHARTS

FIFTY SHADES: Childers Glass Art Group cel­e­brates the open­ing at CHARTS.

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