To get from Adelaide's CBD to this magnificent hub of community activity will take approximately 30 minutes by car (parking is free and readily available) or by public transport (travel by train to Oaklands Railway Station or by bus to the Marion Centre Interchange).
This article aims to introduce you to the wonders of Gallery M.
Gallery M is managed by the Red House Group Inc (an artist managed non-profit organisation of approximately 300 local members) on behalf of the City of Marion.
Entry to Gallery M and its exhibitions is free. Open 7 days a week (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm; closed on public holidays).
The gallery's gift shop has a beautiful and extensive range of hand crafted items by local artists which can be purchased at extremely reasonable prices.
Gallery M's featured exhibitions for 8 February 2013 – 3 March 2013 are:
Pastel Artists of South Australia (PASA) are exhibiting a wide variety of pastel artworks. Prizes will be awarded in 5 categories (landscape; seascape; still life; figurative/animals; contemporary pastel/including mixed, conte, charcoal).
The Boys by Kerryn Hocking is $750 and my choice for Figurative/Animals category
Most of the art is for sale and a range of greeting cards of the artists exhibited work are being sold for $5 each (an affordable option which enables you to take home your favourite artwork).
Exhibiting PASA artists will be in Gallery M on Sunday, 17 February 2013 from 2pm to meet and greet guests.
From the Gallery Walls of the Imagination
I was literally stumped for words with regards to how I could best describe Uta Mooney's collaborative exhibition, From the Gallery Walls of the Imagination.
The Writer - priced at $2,900 & Goodbye - priced at $2,500
Uta's art is combined with writer, Glenn Stenson's words. The exhibition was launched with Uta present and via Skype with Glenn Stenson (as he was elsewhere at the time). Guests were able to interact with both Uta and Glenn!
At the opening night was artist - Uta Mooney and via Skype was writer of Cabin 108 - Glenn Stenson
Uta's art is very much a collage of mixed media and draws the viewer in, layer by layer. Each piece of art is descriptively matched with excerpts of purpose written text from Glenn's novel Cabin 108.
Exposed - priced at $2,500
Uta Mooney will be in Gallery M on Sunday, 17th February 2013 from 1.30pm, to demonstrate her painting techniques and meet visitors.
It's well worth it - there's usually a new exhibition every month. The next exhibition opens on Friday evening of 8th March. The good thing about attending the openings of Gallery M's exhibitions, guests receive a glass of wine from Patritti Wines (a local winery) & nibbles!