Blooms inspire creations
The endless variety and vibrancy of flowers and gardens has given inspiration for new exhibition The Impressionists Garden by Southern Artists in Oils.
The walls of the Strike Me Pink nursery in Mt Barker will showcase the lively works created through oil painting.
Artist Barry Mackie said the decision to focus on flowers was the result of a discussion about the positive impact of gardens and gardening.
“The impact it has on our lives through exercise, relaxation and being visually pleasing are extensive,” he said.
“As a consequence we approached the Strike Me Pink garden centre about exhibiting the paintings in the gallery there.
“The paintings in the exhibition are a combination of gardens and still life floral subjects in a variety of settings, and are full of vibrant colour.”
The group consist of 20 members from the Mt Barker, Kendenup and Albany areas who came together through their love of oils.
Mackie said the artists had all really enjoyed creating paintings based on subject matter that formed such a large part of many people’s lives.
“Gardens and flowers are a real joy and we would love to have people join us at the opening celebration,” he said.
The exhibition opening will take place on Saturday at 2pm at Strike Me Pink.
The exhibition runs until the end of January and is open seven days a week from 10am-5pm.
Artist Barry Mackie with work to feature in the exhibition. RIGHT: The works focus on gardens and flowers and are painted with oils.