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If only I were this patient and artistic
I tend to steer clear of reviewing art events because I generally feel as though I'm not qualified. Yesterday, however, my mum and I drove to Paddington's Percolator Gallery to check out an exhibition by the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand, otherwise known as MAANZ. This group aims to promote mosaic making as an artform and is open for membership to both professional and amateur artists. From where I stood yesterday this seemed to be a group of great passion and zeal, and the volunteers staffing the exhibition were so helpful and friendly that I feel as though it is an art show I can discuss.
I've been to Percolator Gallery once before to attend an opening night for a family friend. It really is a delightful art space and if you ever get the chance to attend one of their opening nights they usually make for a very enjoyable evening. Percolator provides a space for a wide variety of art forms and it is well worth signing up to their email newsletter to see what is coming up for the month.
Artists on duty for the day when we attended the exhibition were Diane and Heddy. Both of these lovely ladies have entered art works of their own into the thirty strong display of mosaics. I got the sense from speaking to them that there is a real sense of community spirit in this group. Even though all works are for sale and are technically competing against each other for the people's choice award, there is no sense of competitiveness and the members evidently have a great deal of respect for each other's talent.
As I consider myself to unfortunately be one of the more impatient souls on this planet I found each and every one of the pieces on display to be completely fascinating. The ladies informed me that it is nothing for a piece to take upwards of sixty long hours to complete. I had a perception of mosaics being flat, lifeless things used to decorate walls and tables. These artworks, however, were alive with texture and colour and used a wide variety of mediums to achieve their finished result. The wide variety of genres shown means that there really is almost something for everyone on display and I'm sure you'll find yourself falling in love with at least one or two pieces.
MAANZ will be displaying at Percolator until Sunday the 21st of September. I know there isn't much time left to catch the exhibition but if you have the chance over the next few days I highly recommend stopping by. Personally I never overlook the opportunity to browse all the trendy little shops at Paddington so I can also vouch for making a day of it! MAANZ and Percolator Gallery to me are a true representation of what art should be about - love.
Hello Pj, thanks for this article. I've planned to do a mosaic on a wall at our place for years but what I 'plan' and what I 'do' are usually two different things. Looks as though I should drop over and get some hints. Thanks again for the info. Regards, Tony