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Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

En­joy a real treat when artist Janet Matthews con­ducts two draw­ing demon­stra­tions dur­ing a “Magic in Na­ture” ex­hi­bi­tion in Yar­ragon.

Janet, to­gether with Dar­ren Gil­bert, are hold­ing the sculp­ture and draw­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at Town and Coun­try Gallery in Yar­ragon as part of the Gar­di­valia Fes­ti­val.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is a cel­e­bra­tion of the beauty and drama that plays out in our gar­dens and nat­u­ral land­scape that of­ten goes un­no­ticed – the con­ver­sa­tion be­tween birds, the busy rou­tines of bees, the fleet­ing dance of dragon­flies, the translu­cence of flow­ers, the gnarly for­ma­tion of Banksia nuts.

In “Magic in Na­ture”, na­ture pro­vides the ac­tors and the back­drop, whilst Janet and Dar­ren are the creative di­rec­tors that bring the pro­duc­tion to life.

The two artists live and breathe a pas­sion for the nat­u­ral world and its glo­ri­ous in­hab­i­tants. They share the mo­ti­va­tion and chal­lenge to re­veal the magic of na­ture through their draw­ings and sculp­tures.

They take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to im­merse them­selves in their sur­rounds; in­clud­ing drives along coun­try roads, walks through the bush and silently ob­serv­ing birds and crea­tures in their nat­u­ral habi­tat.

As a re­sult, both Dar­ren and Janet feel a strong emo­tional re­sponse to the sights, smells and tex­tures of the en­vi­ron­ment, a re­sponse that plays out in their minds for months, be­fore they be­gin to make a sketch or start a com­po­si­tion on the draw­ing board.

“Magic in Na­ture” opens in Town and Coun­try Gallery at 111 Princes Hwy, Yar­ragon on Sat­ur­day. It will be open daily be­tween 10am to 5pm un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

In ad­di­tion, Janet will gen­er­ously of­fer draw­ing demon­stra­tions from 1pm to 4pm on Sun­day as well as Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

Janet is a highly re­garded draw­ing teacher and her demon­stra­tions are a real treat. She will share her award-win­ning skills with dis­cus­sion of ma­te­ri­als, com­po­si­tion and the spe­cial tech­niques she has de­vel­oped over many years as a pro­fes­sional artist.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call 5634 2229 or visit tow­nand­coun­try­gallery.com.au.

Share the magic when artist Janet Matthews holds draw­ing demon­stra­tions in Yar­ragon on Sun­day.

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