Ex­hi­bi­tions open for ‘Spring Arts’

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A MEL­BOURNE art con­sul­tant and for­mer di­rec­tor of one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing pub­lic gal­leries will ex­plore the com­pet­i­tive ten­sions be­tween bush and city art at Beech­worth Arts Coun­cil’s ‘Spring Arts’ sea­son ‘Art chat’ in Beech­worth on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Christo­pher Menz, who di­rected the Art Gallery of South Aus­tralia be­tween 2005 and 2010 and was later act­ing di­rec­tor of the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne’s Ian Pot­ter Mu­seum, will put the metropoli­tan per­spec­tive in what is ex­pected to be a lively dis­cus­sion with re­gional gallery di­rec­tors and a work­ing artist.

Wan­garatta Art Gallery di­rec­tor Si­mone Nolan, Wodonga Art Space co-or­di­na­tor Josephine Harkin and Wool­shed Val­ley ab­stract land­scape painter Nina Machielse Hunt will par­tic­i­pate in the de­bate in Old Stone Hall about the com­pet­i­tive and com­ple­men­tary as­pects of art.

Book­ings for the 2pm event can be made at beech­worthartscoun­cil.org.au.

An­other ex­hi­bi­tion in the Arts Coun­cil’s month-long Spring Arts pro­gram opened at Indigo Li­brary in Beech­worth last night.

‘Les Trois’ shows the works of three print­mak­ers – Beech­worth’s Chris Dormer and Ta­nia Sut­ton and Stan­ley’s Janet Suther­land.

The ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tres on a broad theme of na­ture with works on paper, can­vas and as sculp­ture.

“My lit­tle draw­ings on four can­vasses were in­spired by my re­sponse to the Stan­ley land­scape,” Janet said.

“Ges­tu­ral marks of­fer me the abil­ity to ex­press my pres­ence in the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ta­nia has been ex­plor­ing rep­e­ti­tion and lay­ers in na­ture in her re­cent se­ries of small prints.

Her work con­sists of built up lay­ers of leaves or rocks which rep­re­sents the leaf lit­ter of many for­est trees and rocky creek beds.

The in­tri­cate pat­tern­ing and unique­ness of each leaf or plant have in­flu­enced the del­i­cacy of Chris’s new se­ries of etch­ings, along with sculp­tural paper vases de­pict­ing leaves and the trea­sures of gar­dens and bush in func­tional form.

In the mean­time, solo ex­hi­bi­tions by Beech­worth fig­u­ra­tive painter Therese Shan­ley and land­scape painter Nina Machielse Hunt open to­mor­row (Novem­ber 10).

Therese’s ‘Rain and good weather’ will run at Old Beech­worth Gaol and Nina’s ‘Wild is the wind’ will run at Old Stone Hall un­til later this month.

Arts Coun­cil vice-pres­i­dent Daren Pope will be guest speaker at Therese’s show at 6pm.

Arts Coun­cil pres­i­dent Jamie Kron­borg will speak at Nina’s show on Novem­ber 18 at 5pm.

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