Winter Light I & II exhibitions opening this weekend

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Two new exhibitions – Winter Light I & II will launch at Central Goldfields Art Gallery this weekend (17/7).

The exhibitions provide a snapshot into the creative energy of visual artists living in the northern and southern parts of the Central Goldfields Shire.

Winter Light I features the work of Anna Ashton, Tenar Dwyer and Val Wilkinson from Bealiba and Dunolly while Winter Light II features the works of Rosy Hardress, Jason Luca, Belinda Michael, Fiona Somerville and Tiffany Titshall from Majorca and Talbot.

The exhibition is an expose of the diversity of visual arts talent and the diversity of art making occurring across the Shire. The geographic locale in which these artists live is a linking theme; so too is the radiance that emits from their art work. These exhibitions provide an opportunity to celebrate local visual artistic talent over the colder and darker months of the year.

An official opening of the exhibitions will be held at 2pm on Saturday 17 July and all are welcome to attend. The event will feature local food, wine and music.

Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor will officially open the exhibitions.

“This is a marvellous opportunity to celebrate and appreciate the talent of our very own visual artists right across our shire. There is a vitality of our art scene and we are proud to present these artworks as our final exhibition before the Gallery closes temporarily for a major redevelopment.”

Central Goldfields Art Gallery exhibition Curator Helen Kaptein said “the exhibition provides an insight into the dynamism and diversity of artistic practice across the region. In Winter Light I, hailing from Bealiba and Dunolly, Anna Ashton has created new sculptural works out of felt, Tenar Dwyer works in a representational style of painting and takes inspiration from what she finds around her while Val Wilkson’s paintings of birds are inspired from the birds she saw as she travelled around Australia.

In Winter Light II there is once again a diversity of contemporary art practice from artists living in Majorca and Talbot. Rosy Hardress’s new collection of lantern inspired textile work demonstrates how she continues to experiment with her crochet based practice, Jason Luca’s ceramic pieces highlight hours of work and expertise into a highly coloured tessellated practice, Belinda Michael has used local clay to create minimalist ceramic objects while Tiffany Titshall’s recent drawings have a romantic and luminous quality.

Artists will be in the Gallery at particular times over each of the weekends while the exhibition is open and will be available to talk more to interested visitors. The exhibition will be on display until 5 September 2021.

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