Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023

Tamworth’s Weswal Gallery will launch a new exhibition in September. Entitled “Living Colour” the exhibition has a particular focus on the landscapes and colours of the New England region and will feature prints by Gemma King and paintings by Paula Jenkins and Rita Winiger.

The exhibition will run from Wednesday 30 August to Sunday September 17. The gallery website describes the art display as “a group exhibition that amplifies and exposes the subtle colours of the New England landscape.

When asked about the inspiration behind curating this latest exhibition, gallery director Kate Hofman says, “Part of my role as a curator is discovering that common thread that pulls the work of certain artists together.”

“In Living Colour, New England, we see three artists each with very distinct approaches to exposing and amplifying the subtle colours of the New England landscape. Paula Jenkins kaleidoscopic revelations of colour, Gemma Kings ‘pop art’ interpretations of traditional imagery, and Rita Winiger’s billowy, soft ‘dream landscapes’.”

Weswal Gallery has been in operation now since 1981 and has since established an excellent reputation as a fine art gallery with a special interest in exhibiting works by local, regional, and national Australian artists.

With Gemma King and Paula Jenkins based in Walcha, and Rita Winiger based in Armidale, the three artists will all offer their own unique yet complementary perspective and style on different landscapes throughout the New England region.

Ms Hofman says, “I have worked with each of these artists separately over the years so am very familiar with their work but have never invited them to all exhibit together. I have been dreaming up this show for a while though, as every time I would exhibit them as individuals I would think “I really should get those three in a room together!””

An official opening night will take place on Saturday 2 September from 5pm. Ms Hofman tells us that all are welcome at the event, which is free of charge and will offer visitors the chance to enjoy wine and nibbles while enjoying the stunning artworks.

The exhibition will also run alongside other local artist, Liz Priestly’s intriguing encaustic (wax) landscape imagery. According to the Weswal website, Ms Priestly choses encaustic as a medium for “both its architectural and reductive qualities, allowing for a narrative to build through the layers which can then also be selectively revealed by carving, scraping and melting.”

Weswal Gallery is open Monday to Sunday at 192 Brisbane Street, East Tamworth but, if you’re unable to make it to the gallery in person, Ms Hofman tells us that the exhibition will also be available to view on the gallery’s website.

For further information about Weswal Gallery, and their upcoming exhibitions, you can visit their website and Facebook page.