'Heat - A Sunburnt Country' Max Watters Collection

The fierce, crushing heat and humidity of our sunburnt country near obliterates the landscape. Heat is evocative of the Australian Summer, propelling us into an all to familiar environment. We can sense the brittle, dry grass felt under foot in Maeve Wood’s Dirt, Feathers and Grass Seeds - Bush Abstract 4; the intense heat radiating from Peter Freeman’s Trees and Viola Bromley’s Along the Rouchel.

Selected from the Max Watters Collection, together the works urge us to experience, to confront Heat.

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Exhibiting from 13 January to 3 March 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 12 January 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

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Artwork: Rodney Swansborough, Riding on the Sheep’s Back 2012 (detail), acrylic, sand, natural coloured mineral oxides on canvas, 60 x 90cm, Max Watters Collection.

   

'Pipe Dreams' Erica Gray

In Pipe Dreams, Erica Gray literally turns the gallery walls inside out with this bright and quirky exhibition of soft sculpture.

Growing up in the suburbs with a father who worked as a plumber and three brothers that eventually follow him into the trade, as a child Erica was surrounded by pipes and now she has created these bold red PVC fabric pipes that seem to exude a perky optimism.

   

A pipedream is a tremendous hope that is impossible to achieve. Similarly, the nonsensical squishy pipe creations that Erica produces could never (and don’t wish to) perform the primary role of a pipe. Instead, these forms invite us to contemplate the unseen intertwining grid that circulates our lives - giving to us and taking away.

Inspired by Surrealism and Pop Art, this quirky and whimsical exhibition is a celebration of the mundane; the functional; and the genius of the conventional water pipe.


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Exhibiting from 13 January to 3 March 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 12 January 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

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Artwork: Erica Gray, Eccentric Boiler Tank & Flow Wheels 2012, PVC, wire and poly fibre, 220 x 180 x 30cm.

'Home Territory' Marie Lunney

Inspired by the surrounding landscapes of Scone,
Wingen and the Barrington Tops, Upper Hunter artist
Marie Lunney uses direct observation to capture her
Home Territory. Marie’s skill and ability to draw out the
beauty from within diverse environments has garnered
her much respect and admiration, working across the
mediums of charcoal, printmaking, and oils.

Marie’s rough, preparatory charcoal sketches are transformed in oil on canvas - quiet landscapes depicting rural life, with subtle variations in colour and shape inviting the viewer to immerse themselves within the scene.

   

Examining each site at ground level, Marie’s drawings of simple weeds and grasses are translated into etchings on aluminium plates, printed using the intaglio method, illuminating the unique aesthetic qualities as observed by the artist.

Marie Lunney’s Home Territory invites us to pause, to meditate and to experience the gentle allure of the Upper Hunter Region.


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Exhibiting from 13 January to 3 March 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 12 January 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

Tamb Hunterbelle Pukara 

Artwork: Marie Lunney, Daybreak 2018 (detail), oil on canvas.