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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Group Show @ Maleny Artworks

Maleny Artworks Gallery is bursting at the seams this month with four solo exhibitions currently running.

A fascination with signs and symbols is the inspiration for these exhibitions by leading local artists. Rosemary Almberg’s abstract paintings exploring the emblems of Court Cards, and Helen Almberg’s series of mixed media artworks based on the twelve Zodiac signs, are an intriguing insight into the ancient symbolism and mystique of signs.

Clayworker Ann Oliver has been inspired after recent travels throughout Europe and Viet Nam, to develop a series of ceramic creatures that have captured the essence of different cultures. Her unique dragons and gargoyles stand sentinel throughout the gallery, their bold shapes, vibrant colours and symbols of cultures past, creating creatures that are fun and whimsical rather than serious.

Painter Wendy van der Drift has put together a superb collection of still life oil paintings of fruit and vegetables. Her exhibition of 63 richly coloured works is titled Life Force and fills the gallery with works greatly reminiscent of the Old Masters.

Also part of the show is a series of unique fibre vessels by Noela Mills and ceramic boxes by Ken Munsie.

The exhibitions run through August.

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