visit an art gallery
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; birdsgallery.com.au
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. openstudioswestgippsland.com.au
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; mirabelagallery.com 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; cairnsartgallery.com.au