Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Sketchy Details

We have had some overwhelmingly well attended exhibitions at the Quest Hawthorn Community Project Wall this year, with a seemingly never-ending array of talented artists lining up to fill the space with their remarkable art. But Urban Sketchers nearly busted the seams of the gallery with an eager audience filling the place to capacity (and beyond) on Saturday.

Featuring artwork that takes the City of Boroondara as its subject, Urban Sketchers have filled the Quest Hawthorn Community Project Wall with over 80 individual drawings, paintings and watercolours. There are scenes of the areas most iconic destinations such as Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn, High Street in Kew, Maling Road in Camberwell and an almost infinite array of street scenes captured from this lovely and leafy part of Melbourne.

(detail of) Kapilesh Taneja's Shades of Summer - QPO
(detail of) Joe Whyte's Tudor
The Urban Sketchers phenomenon is a global affair, describing themselves as "a network of artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel to, (whose) mission is to Show the World, One Drawing at a Time". They gather at various sites and sketch what they encounter. For this exhibition, they focused solely on the City of Boroondara and they have done an exceptional job at capturing the flavour and character of the area.

The official launch of the exhibition was a terrific affair, with a wonderful atmosphere. Evelyn Yee, the principal organiser of the show, kicked the event off in a flurry of smiling faces and, excitingly, a flurry of red dots as well. The artwork will remain on display until 6 December and we encourage you to come on down and take a look at the sheer breadth and depth of artistic talent in this group.

Evelyn launches the event to a capacity crowd

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