Exhibitions open for ‘Spring Arts’
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.