Nat­u­ral world cap­ti­vates

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Artists Dar­ren Gil­bert and Janet Matthews will im­merse vis­i­tors in na­ture dur­ing a joint ex­hi­bi­tion of draw­ings and sculp­tures at Town and Coun­try Gallery in Yar­ragon.

An in­for­mal meet the artists af­ter­noon will open the ex­hi­bi­tion on Sun­day be­tween 2pm and 4pm. The ex­hi­bi­tion will con­tinue to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29 with two draw­ing demon­stra­tions by Janet set to be a high­light.

This ex­hi­bi­tion is by two pas­sion­ate artists cap­ti­vated by the nat­u­ral world.

In­spired by bird and wildlife en­coun­ters on her re­cent trav­els to the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands and South Amer­ica, Janet Matthews sets the fo­cus of her su­perb pen­cil draw­ings on fleet­ing mo­ments of na­ture.

The ob­ser­va­tions can only be truly ap­pre­ci­ated by wait­ing pa­tiently as a silent wit­ness, qui­etly ab­sorb­ing the mag­i­cal world of the ex­quis­ite crea­tures of these re­gions.

Janet’s draw­ings high­light the jewel-like beauty of the diminu­tive birds and amaz­ing an­i­mals which en­thralled her; cap­tur­ing the glo­ri­ous dis­plays of their unique habits and habi­tats.

A new drama is ev­i­dent in the sought af­ter pen and ink art­works of Dar­ren Gil­bert. The in­tri­cate de­tail of each hero sub­ject is jux­ta­posed with bold ges­tu­ral brush-strokes – a strik­ing ten­sion em­pha­sis­ing the fragility of our na­tive birdlife and fauna.

Dar­ren’s art­works call view­ers to ac­tion; to con­sider our con­nec­tion with the en­vi­ron­ment and take no­tice and care for what is lost in the haste and vis­ual “noise” of hec­tic lives.

His im­pres­sive sculp­tures will com­mand the gallery floorspace with a huge pres­ence. Con­tem­po­rary out­door wall-art fea­tur­ing laser-cut de­signs, ma­jes­tic en­gi­neered gar­den forms and all-man­ner of state­ment sculp­tural pieces cre­ated from sal­vaged ob­jects, weath­ered tim­bers and rus­tic metal.

Draw­ing demon­stra­tions with Janet to ob­serve her award-win­ning skills will be on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29 be­tween 2pm and 4pm.

For a pre­view of ex­hi­bi­tion works or fur­ther de­tails, visit tow­nand­coun­try­

Draw­ing demon­stra­tions with Janet Matthews will be a high­light of the “Im­mersed in Na­ture” ex­hi­bi­tion in Yar­ragon open­ing this week­end. The joint ex­hi­bi­tion with Dar­ren Gil­bert will be at Town and Coun­try Gallery.

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