Something for everyone when the exhibitions open
Advice from Gwydir Shire
The Ceramic Break Sculpture Park on the Warialda-Bingara Road is open and to celebrate the New Year we invite you to join them for our first exhibition of four fabulous artists and an incredible traveling show. And what day it will be. “Threads, Fibers and Figures, Three Women Creating” is the work of 3 regional artists, Marilynne Barnes, Gerda Gamper and Sue Taylor. “New Creations” is the performance of one of our very talented local artists, Yvonne Ledingham and “Blindspot” is a traveling exhibition by the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery.
Ceramic Break Sculpture Park follows safe COVID-19 practices. Masks are recommended in galleries and customers are reminded to practice social distancing.
The works of Marilynne Barnes, Gerda Gamper and Sue Taylor are quite distinct. Marilynne’s subjects are identifiable, round and sometimes fruitful; Sue Taylor’s subjects are more abstract and bright and Gerda Gamper’s woven llama wool pieces are soft, but as artists they have a similar love, pleasure and purpose in their artistic creation and fully complement each other. .
Marilynne affirms that as an artist, she finds that “the human form is a continuous challenge”. Her collection shows that she has the skills, commitment and understanding to meet this challenge. One of his pieces, “3 Figures”, uses a rather dark palette, lightened with more playful touches of color, the contrasting positions of the characters attracting our attention and ensuring that we explore “the psyche of the subject”.
Sue Taylor believes that several aspects combine to have an impact on her artistic creation; a connection to the land, her love and respect for generational skills and the joy and freedom she discovered in the aging process. His choice of a range of bright colors expresses this joy and delight. In one of her pieces, her quick use of dots creates tiny jellyfish shapes worth a closer look and the piece itself lifts the spirits.
Greta Gamper first trained as a photographer and later moved on to fibers, fleeces and dyeing. His experience is evident in the clarity and complexity of his work. Greta exhibits locally and the pieces she included in this show are soft in color and texture and are excellent examples of her art.
Yvonne Ledingham is no stranger to Ceramic Break Sculpture Park. She has exhibited here on a number of occasions and recently participated in the creation of the Tiki Philosophers Trail by working with high school students and sculpting one or three Tiki gods. His experience with the Tiki Project has broadened his repertoire. The sculpture “Torso” captures the beauty of the human figure which has delighted and inspired sculptors for generations. “Bust” is in direct contrast; Medusa like her has a touch of humor in her expression but with an underlying notion of pathos. Yvonne’s papermaking continues to develop and refine and her elegant pieces in this show will appeal to many.
Ceramic Break Sculpture Park is privileged to host the incredible “Blindspot” show from the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery. We are one of the few places outside of Tamworth to exhibit the work of this group of regional artists, Karen Balsar, Leah Dryden, Jodie Herden, Joanne Stead, Jody White and Emma Stilts. Their “fascinating works of art” aim to draw attention to “issues that they believe are overlooked in the community”. There are a range of exhibits, large acrylic paintings on canvas, creative and artistic uses of ancient technology, metal sculptures, indigenous artwork, including rock and bark sculptures, and photographs. A reviewer of the exhibit used words like stun to describe a large butterfly made from small crocheted butterflies.
The exhibition will continue in April and May. Entrance by donation of gold coins.