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Exhibitions at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

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Published February 28th 2016
A bridge not so far - exhibition in Murray Bridge Gallery
Pretty much everyone is aware of 'The Bridge' at Murray Bridge, crossing our mighty Murray River. Some might think of a lazy houseboat holiday or the majesty of historic paddlewheelers, the famous (or, is that infamous?) Bunyip or, even the nearby Monarto Zoo.

But how many people think 'art gallery' when they think of Murray Bridge?

Just 45 minutes from Adelaide is one of South Australia's best regional art galleries.

The Murray Bridge Regional Gallery has three distinct exhibition spaces and a contemporary retail outlet featuring works from South Australia's leading artists and designers.

And, it's well worth the trip along the South Eastern Freeway to enjoy the fabulous exhibitions that are featured throughout the year.

Showing until 27 March are three quite different exhibitions: Shifting Connections with Kathleen Munn, Jan Clifford and Bill Clifford; Cornucopia's Fluid and Barrie Goddard's Imaginings and Portals.

Shifting Connections
Kathleen Munn, Jan Clifford, Bill Clifford

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
Kathleen Munn - Chill Grey Uplands

Stroll through the Jean Simms Gallery to enjoy these earthy offerings, with lots of natural fibres appearing in Jan's intricate pieces, Kathleen's beautiful acrylics on canvas – all complemented by Bill's words.

Here, the artists have delved into the minutiae of our Australian landscape. In Shifting Connections, they celebrate the small things that often go un-noticed – drawing attention to the need to understand the subtleties and fragilities of our ancient environment.

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
Jan, Kathleen and Bill put the finishing touches to Shifting Connections


Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
Cornucopia member Shelley Li with River of Ink

Taking a cue from the locality and the presence of the Mighty Murray, the artists of Cornucopia have created a huge variety of works to reflect the characteristics of water – the fluid on which our very lives depend.

As the artists say, 'Water wets our blood, our paint, our clay'.

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
Janice Lane: Up for best VII - oil on found china plate

Janice Lane considers the fluid nature of memory; Jane van Mierle, the shifts of experience in daily life. Anna Mycko and Shelley Li draw on landscape and water for inspiration, while Kocksi Thoelke and Kveta Deans explore a shifting world under the surface.

Between them, they reflect the transparency, movement and impermanence of water using light, film, paper, ink and oil paint.

Imaginings and Portals
Barrie Goddard

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
Barrie Goddard with his Imaginings and Portals

Barrie Goddard has an interest in holes, shafts and mines. Drawing inspiration from throughout regional Australia, from Mount Gambier to Coober Pedy and the Pilbara, he has created a fabulous series of enigmatic shapes – from the terrestrial to the celestial – that shift, travel and hover.

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
Barrie Goddard's Portal #3

This explosion of colour is almost hypnotic. Stand, for a while, next to any one of the pieces and feel yourself being drawn in to the work itself. Stand too long, and you'll topple over the edge!

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Why? Visit one of SA's best regional galleries to see three fabulous exhibitions
When: now until 27 March 2016
Phone: (08) 8539 1420
Where: 31 Sixth Street, Murray Bridge, SA
Cost: free entry
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