Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Find the Beauty in the Ordinary
Escape the hubbub of Melbourne and treat yourselves to a Toora weekend or holiday getaway. Added to the other nine good reasons to visit this quaint and interesting town in Prom Country, The Toora Village Artist Collective is presenting 'Botanic Bounty'. This exhibition of intimate photographic floral art by Jenny McDonald blends her qualifications and experience as an artist with well-honed photographic skills.
Jenny's photos will surprise you. This is fine art photography, it is the vision of the artist and not the camera that creates these images. Jenny captures garden flowers with an artist's creative eye and shares that with us all. The detail and vibrancy of each flower springs from the frame. One flower, a vivid pink, shines like a beacon into the room. On the opposite wall, a large-format close-up shows golden petals backlit by sunshine, radiating from the flower's centre like a sun flare reaching into the cosmos.
A photo large and long of delicate green-veined, white flowers sprinkled with raindrops fools you for a moment. It takes time to realise you are now a visitor to the vegetable garden and these are peas, such is the artist's ability to see and render the beauty in the ordinary.
Linger at each photo; do not pass them by in haste. Jenny invites you to look at nature differently and compels you to dwell on that easily passed by in daily life.
Jenny has always been attracted to colour, pattern and texture in photography and to the minutiae of things. These characteristics are evident in her exhibition. Jenny enjoys finding the unexpected detail in her photos as she crops in. She tries to compose her images to reveal that which is not in the normal sense of what is being looked at.
Toora Village Studio Gallery - image from their Facebook Page
The Toora Village Studio Gallery says, "Jenny has an impressive biography with qualifications that span several decades. She has participated in many exhibitions with others since the early 80's right up to now however, this exhibition will be her first solo exhibition. She is fortunate enough to have her artworks in private collections around the world."
In 2019, Jenny was the first prize winner in the Bass Coast Artists Society Easter Art Show for colour photography. Like the floral photos in the exhibition, Jenny's winning entry, an intimate landscape of tiny fungi sprouting from leaf litter, focussed on the detail.
The exhibition is on display at the Toora Village Studio Gallery at 25 Stanley Street, Toora from 5th December 2019 to 26th January 2020. The gallery is open from 10am to 4pm from Thursday to Sunday. Entry to the gallery and the exhibition is free and all works on display are for sale. The gallery can be contacted on 0423 155 542 or via their Facebook page.
Once you've taken in this exquisite exhibition, click here for nine more reasons to visit. Toora is located 180 kilometres and around 2.5 hours south-east of Melbourne along the South Gippsland Highway or 13 kilometres east of Foster. For more details click here to go to the Visit Prom Country website or ring the Prom Country Visitor Information Centre on 1800 630 704 or (03) 5655 2233. If you wish to stay over try the Toora Tourist Park or the Toora Lodge Motel.
This would be an interesting place to visit. I had not idea there was so much to offer in this little town. I Also didn't realise that art galleries staged photo exhibitions. This will be a first for me, so a good trip for the New Year..