FROM THE COL­LEC­TION

The Daily Examiner - - LIFE -

PAM Fysh do­nated The Birds and the Bees to the gallery’s re­gion­als col­lec­tion in De­cem­ber 2015. The work is on dis­play un­til De­cem­ber 8 in Pren­tice House as part of the Grafton Art Club 50 years ex­hi­bi­tion. Pam is an ac­tive mem­ber of the Friends of Grafton Gallery.

The beau­ti­ful mixed me­dia work sug­gests a gen­tle ex­per­i­men­ta­tion of the fauna sub­ject mat­ter. Pam pre­vi­ously ex­plored this theme and in this work con­tin­ues to demon­strate a sen­si­tive ap­proach to ex­per­i­ment­ing with the ma­te­ri­als used. Her use of rep­e­ti­tion evokes a sense of awe on the part of viewer as a flock of birds passes by.

The artist has cap­tured this mo­ment in time con­vinc­ingly, along with a sense of move­ment in the air and in the birds’ wings. She has done this with her choice of colour, com­po­si­tion along with the lay­er­ing in the back­ground.

The viewer is drawn to the fo­cal point in the work, be­ing the dark­est bird and then drawn around the im­age with the artist’s use of the yel­low bee path­ways. The art­work’s sym­me­try and rep­e­ti­tion al­lows for use as a re­pro­duc­tion tile for tex­tile or graphic de­sign.

Pam be­came a mem­ber of the Jacaranda Art So­ci­ety in 1963 when she first ar­rived in Grafton. She was a ded­i­cated and ac­tive mem­ber of this group, which held an an­nual art prize dur­ing the Jacaranda Fes­ti­val.

The Jacaranda Art Prize was the rich­est art prize out­side of the metropoli­tan area in NSW. The first prize was ac­quis­i­tive and the so­ci­ety also ac­quired

works from the ex­hi­bi­tion. The re­sult­ing col­lec­tion be­came the foun­da­tion of the Grafton Re­gional Gallery’s col­lec­tion.

She was in­stru­men­tal in form­ing a com­mit­tee to ad­vo­cate for a re­gional gallery in Grafton. The ac­qui­si­tion of Pren­tice House was made pos­si­ble by money from the Jacaranda Art So­ci­ety and the col­lec­tion in com­bi­na­tion with funds from the Grafton City Coun­cil.

Pam was one of the ded­i­cated volunteers who ran Pren­tice House as a gallery for two years be­fore it be­came a re­gional gallery.

The com­mit­tee was suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing bi­cen­ten­nial fund­ing to con­vert Pren­tice House into a re­gional gallery. The so­ci­ety’s col­lec­tion was handed over to the Grafton Re­gional Gallery in 1988.

Pam has since worked tire­lessly for the gallery. She was a found­ing mem­ber of the gallery’s sup­port group, the Friends of the Gallery, and has con­tin­ued to be an ac­tive mem­ber. Her con­tri­bu­tion to the fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of the Friends is out­stand­ing.

To­day Pam con­tin­ues to take an ac­tive role within the gallery com­mu­nity. She has been a vol­un­teer at the gallery since its in­cep­tion and she was one of the first vol­un­teer gallery guides. She is still an in­volved vol­un­teer, work­ing in all ar­eas of the gallery’s ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing as a mem­ber of the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.

Grafton Re­gional Gallery’s col­lec­tion houses four works by Pam Fysh – Sea Gulls 2005, Yel­low Box 2007, Por­trait of a man II 2014 and The Birds and the Bees 2015.

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