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Country Style - - A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY -

VIC­TO­RIA A Sense of Place, April 7th–may 7th Don’t miss the solo ex­hi­bi­tion of Al­bury-based re­gional artist Liz­a­beth Souness at Birds Gallery, Mel­bourne, this month. The ex­hi­bi­tion, A Sense of Place, in­cludes works in­spired by her home in ru­ral Aus­tralia. (03) 9855 0327; birds­

Open Stu­dios West Gipp­s­land, April 7th–8th Meet some artists and mak­ers of the West Gipp­s­land Re­gion and see their di­verse work in home stu­dios. Start the self-guided tour, which runs from 10am–5pm, at any stu­dio and pay $5 per per­son (un­der 18s free) for en­try to all stu­dios. open­stu­dioswest­gipp­s­

Mirabela Varga, April Mirabela is a con­tem­po­rary im­pres­sion­ist who spe­cialises in pal­ette knife fine art, cre­at­ing works that are vi­brant, bold in colour and rich in tex­ture and con­tent. She works from a rov­ing art stu­dio while trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia and you can see her work this month at Flock of Seag­ulls. 2211 Point Ne­pean Road, Rye.

0429 455 163; mirabela­ QUEENS­LAND Del Kathryn Bar­ton: The Nightin­gale and the Rose at Cairns Art Gallery, un­til April 22nd In a mul­ti­me­dia part­ner­ship with renowned film­maker Bren­dan Fletcher, the ac­claimed artist Del Kathryn Bar­ton — who grew up in the bush — mag­i­cally brings to life the haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful world of Os­car Wilde’s tale The Nightin­gale and the Rose. A se­lec­tion of evoca­tive art­works will be dis­played along­side a screen­ing of the film, which is lay­ered with a stirring score by Sarah Blasko and the voices of cel­e­brated Aus­tralian ac­tors. The ex­hi­bi­tion will also in­clude hand­made props from the pro­duc­tion archives and is a ges­ture to the tragic earnest­ness of Wilde’s story. 40 Ab­bott Street, Cairns. (07) 4046 4800; cairn­sart­

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