Blooms in­spire cre­ations

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

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.

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