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Contemporary works of fibre and textile art and paintings
As usual Gallery M is using its versatile space to display two distinct exhibitions, Patterns and Places by Wild Fibre Artists and Yesterday – Today - Tomorrow? by two artists from regional South Australia, Tony Haines from Blanchetown and Betty Haines from Angaston.
Whitby Beachside by Kaaren Temme. - Machine embroidery. Photo: H. Radford.
Patterns and Places are contemporary works of fibre and textile art by Wild Fibre Artists, Bev Bills, Gem Congdon, Margaret Harris, Jackie Pearce, Charmain Quintrell, Lynne Radcliffe, Liz Stevenson, Kaaren Temme, Yvonne Twining and Liz Yates.
Entwined Patterns by Jacque Pearce. Silk machine embroidery. Photo: H. Radford
When preparing for a new exhibition each artist agrees on a common theme and each artist creates work in their own style. In this, their 14th exhibition, each artist has created work that results in a collection of quite different array of fibre art works relating to the theme, Patterns and Places.
Magic Carpet (Textile) by Gem Congdon. Photo: H. Radford
The artists use a variety of techniques including weaving, fabric collage, stitch, basketry, felting, leather work and paper making. Each member works independently, but enjoys exhibiting as a group and building on their diversity of expertise.
Executive Tablet Hand Bag by Yvonne Twining. Photo: H. Radford.
Harvey said, "Pattern is literally a part of our DNA, it's in the uniqueness of our fingerprint & a physical reality in the living out of our lives. Place relate to 'Where we have been', 'Where we are going', and 'Where we belong', each of which has the potential to make a lasting impression or pattern on 'Who we become'."
My record of patterns and places (Fabric with photo images). Photo: H. Radford.
From the moment that our children are born their pattern of behaviour and development is monitored, observed and measured. Throughout our lives we consciously learn behavioural patterns of our surroundings. We behave, speak and even live out our daily, weekly routines to some thought of pattern. Some of those patterns are even more tightly woven than others. Is it any wonder then that we are so naturally drawn to the patterns we see in our environment, whether in our own backyard or whilst traveling beyond."
Floral Landscape - Crochet using torn fabrics & threads by Liz Yates. Photo: H. Radford
For some of us it is a very natural expression to pattern to express those patterns through the creative arts".
In their exhibition, Yesterday – Today - Tomorrow?, Tony Haines and Betty Haines work in very different styles. Betty is very much an abstract artist with very bright colours and bold brush strokes. Betty does work in various styles, but this particular exhibition features her abstract works. She emerges herself in the moment when she is creating those works and she lets the paint and the brush speak for themselves.
Artist, Betty Haines with her works Seacliffe Hills and Rhapsody in Pink. Photo: H. Radford
Tony's work is much more detailed. Tony uses a lot of oil and acrylic painting, collage, assemblage and mixed media to enhance his art work. His skills in cabinet making and a building trade led him towards crafting sculptures from recycled timber and steel. A lot of his work is about memory as his work focuses on yesterday's experiences and a part of his experience was the war.
Artist, Tony Haines with his work, Aces to Ashes. Photo: H. Radford.
I like Gallery M as they have such a visible way of putting their walls up so the gallery is quite adaptable to suit whatever exhibition they are displaying. It is always different when you come here. The art work they exhibit is varied and very interesting to look at."
Regular visitor to Gallery M, Lynda Yates. Photo: H. Radford
"They are able to alter the layout to suit the number of exhibitors. If they have a single exhibition they can make it one big area, or if there are 2 or even 3 exhibitors, they are able to divide the space to suit. I like the size of M Gallery as it is not overwhelming. I find it is the right size to come along and I enjoy it."
Country and Western by Tony Haines. Photo: H. Radford.
In this exhibition a range of experiences make an expression. Through the design process and the skills producing the work, each piece represents part of their personal history and helps identify who they are. You are invited to take the time to engage with the works and while doing so, please think about the patterns that mean something to you personally.
Sounds of the Sea by Betty Haines. Photo: H. Radford.
Why? In this exhibition a range of experiences make an expression. Through the design process the skills producing the work, each piece represents part of their personal history and helps identify who they are.
When:Exhibition: 13 March - 12 April 2015. Meet some of the artists at 2 pm, Sunday 22 March at Gallery M.
Haydn, thank you for such a fantastic write up of the exhibitions currently showing at Gallery M. It is also affirming, from my perspective, that you enjoyed my opening speech enough to want to quote it. There were a couple of little mis quotes though & I hope you dont mind, but I'd just like to correct the most important one. At the outset I actually said;" Pattern is literally a part of our DNA, it's in the uniqueness of our fingerprint & a physical reality in the living out of our lives." That may make a bit more sense to your readers. Cheers, Joy Harvey