Anything goes at Meeniyan
IN A great start to 2016, the Meeniyan Art Gallery was overflowing with an estimated record crowd of art lovers from South Gippsland and around Victoria when three exhibitions were opened on Sunday, January 3.
Anything Goes, Green Hills and White Beaches and Coastal Baskets, Wrapped and Woven showcase the works of highly noted local, Melbourne and Victorian artists.
Metal sculptures, photographs, basketry and metal jewellery filled the gallery, providing a complimentary world of colour and texture in a contemporary presentation.
Meeniyan artist Leslie Monahan and her father, Bermagui artist Bill Shaw are currently presenting Anything Goes, which follows on from the huge success of their last exhibition Rust in the Blood held at the Montreal Goldfield Heritage Centre, Wallaga Lake, NSW in April 2015.
“Dad and I are so pleased to be invited back and presenting Anything Goes at the Meeniyan Art Gallery,” Monahan said.
“It will be our fourth joint exhibition at the Meeniyan Art Gallery following on from Nautica in 2013, Fencer and Farrier in 2014 and Rustica in 2015″.
The pair share a passion for metalwork and recycled materials. Their sculptures in the exhibition range from the sharp angles in Gabi to the curves of Ellen, from simple elegance of Pyramid Point to the confusion that is Eclipsed, and to the dreams that conjured Orbital.
Monahan’s metal jewellery is not for the faint hearted as it is bold in both design and shape.
Her photographs also reflect the exhibition’s title. From architectural and still life, animals and insects, and even portraits, the only constant is perhaps the most unusual nature of her abstract images.
“I would like to thank the gallery’s volunteers, the committee and the curator, Glenys Mann, for all their efforts,” Monahan said.
“The Meeniyan Art Gallery performs an important role for the local community and South Gippsland, showcasing the works of established artists but also assisting aspiring artists.”
Sue Dilley, president of the Basketmakers of Victoria, opened the exhibition titled Coastal Baskets, Wrapped and Woven, which highlights the talents of artists Pat Dale, Margaret Balfe, Sue Dilley, Judy O’Sullivan, Leslie Hall and Liz McDonald.
The presentation of the exquisite baskets reflects the delicate nature of the South Gippsland coastal environment.
Green Hills and White Beaches is a photographic exhibition of South Gippsland landscapes by Melbourne photographer Ken Spence.
While Spence’s interests in photography are diverse, he has been a regular visitor to the area, and has produced numerous photographs and calendars showing the beauty of South Gippsland.
The exhibitions run until January 28 at the Meeniyan Art Gallery.
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