Art in range of mediums

June 02, 2017

Tatura Rotary Club secretary Rhonda Rose.

Many admire the range of art on show.

The musical talents of singer Rachael Howard and pianist Wade Gregory will be on show at this month’s Tatura Rotary and Community Art Show opening night.

Fine art and fine music will introduce this year’s exhibition, which features hundreds of paintings adorning the walls of Victory Hall in Tatura.

Art show co-ordinator Rhonda Rose said the community event continued to grow in popularity and maintained a high standard of art works.

‘‘The Tatura Rotary Art Show is a fantastic community project where both emerging and established artists can exhibit,’’ Ms Rose said.

‘‘Our reputation is growing in art circles.’’

Ms Rose said it was an art show with an inclusive culture, which showcased realistic, impressionist, modern and abstract art in a wide variety of mediums.

Along with musical entertainment on the opening night, artist Lynton Allan will demonstrate his skills in pastel drawing.

‘‘Delicious home-made canapes will be served, while wine, beer and light refreshments are available,’’ Ms Rose said.

‘‘As a relaxing activity for the long weekend in June, consider wandering among the vast array of paintings, photographs and ceramics showcasing work from local artists and those around the state.’’

Now in its 11th year, the Rotary Club of Tatura this year selected Griffith’s Michelle Harpley as the show’s feature artist.

‘‘Michelle’s love of drawing, established as a child, was reinvigorated about 10 years ago,’’ Ms Rose said. ‘‘Over this time she attended many art courses and held three successful exhibitions in rural NSW.

‘‘Her medium is wide and varied — working with oils, watercolour, charcoal, acrylic, ink and pencil.’’

Ms Rose said the themes for Michelle’s paintings for this year centred around horses and typical Australian scenes.

‘‘Michelle describes her style as essentially realistic. She often finds herself stopping and taking photos of old sheds or interesting scenes while travelling around the country,’’ Ms Rose said.

‘‘She gains inspiration from these iconic images and then creates a visual story around them.

‘‘In her exhibition last year as part of the Griffith Centenary, Michelle created many such visual stories relating to the horse and cart days.

‘‘With a family history of four generations showing horses, she is passionate about them, capturing their gentle strength in her detailed pastel drawings.’’

The Tatura Rotary and Community Art Show opens on Friday, June 9 at 7pm and will run until Monday, June 12 at Victory Hall, Hogan St, Tatura. Tickets are available at the door.

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