Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Languages of Art and Fashion

Saturday's launch of the Quest Hawthorn Community Project Wall exhibition was a resounding success, with a packed gallery space, artworks being purchased, and general merriment and good cheer for the occasion. Robyn Emerson and her series of encaustic paintings took the lead role in the affair, with wonderful support from her framer Luke at Visual Heritage, catering by Egg Unlimited,  drinks from the folks at Highgate Cellars, and the very generous support of Michael and his team at Quest Hawthorn.

Robyn's work has been very well received, as it glows with its own force in the gallery space. Evocative and rich in texture, the images swirl with a depth and weight that goes beyond the character of the medium to reach into new territories of contemplation.

Artist and all round lovely person, Elizabeth Banfield, put on a Linocut Workshop in the upper reaches of the Town Hall and that too was a hit. Elizabeth is a master of the fine line, a deft hand at the most exquisite mark-making you're likely see. She generously shared techniques and ideas with the class, who then produced their own great artworks. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or subscribe to our mailing list (over on the right of the page here) to be kept abreast of our workshops throughout the year.

And two little reminders:
1) We are keen to have you involved in our project, 'It's a Keeper'. You can be a part of a wonderful art installation, tell a story behind an important item of fashion, and have your clothes included as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. A rare opportunity indeed! Check out more information here. We'll be filming willing participants tell their stories on the next two Monday evenings. But if you're camera shy, you can still lend us a piece of clothing and be involved too!

2) On Thursday 20 February, from 6.30-8.00pm, Senior Curator Mardi Nowak is going to lead a panel discussion on public gallery collections. Providing an insider's insight into the way in which public bodies go about identifying art and artists to acquire into collections, this discussion will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about the process and understand the machinations of this activity. Highly valuable for both artists, holders of important works and dealers, it is a rare chance to get behind the scenes and gain valuable knowledge. Contact the gallery to secure your seat.

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