It was difficult for me to pick any favourites from the exhibition; there was a broad range of different techniques on display and a number of pieces created different responses within me when viewed from different angles. I was impressed by the level of detail involved in the collage works by Jane Higgins (pictured below), and I was moved by the sentiments in the photographs of the Melbourne rally, exhibited by Emily-Rose Hyde-Page (also pictured below).
I especially liked the work by Darren Trebilco. Hailing from the sunny coast, I had a casual chat with him about his work, which included Cherry Blossom (pictured below). For me, this piece had a few layers, and the artworks revealed itself to me in stages - first, the bright, almost abstract paint, then the structure of the tree came into focus, and lastly, the cherry blossoms appeared to bloom. What I love about art is that it's often a personal experience, and listening and discussing impressions with artists and other patrons alike, at an event like this.
The highlight of the opening, for me, was the musical performance by West End darlings Zvonsky. I'd caught them at Laura St Festival recently (read more here) and they played their upbeat, Eastern European-influenced music towards the end of the night, when people were mixing freely and viewing of the art had mostly been consumed. Having this band play at this time meant that people lingered, firstly entranced by the music, then chatting more informally with each other, creating a community feel. I will definitely come to future exhibition openings.
The exhibition 'New World Order' runs from Wednesday 12 December until 15 January, with the studio open 10am to 6pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Thursday 12noon to 8pm and 10am to 5pm on the weekends. They will close between 24 December and 2 January but are available by appointment if need be. You can like them on Facebook here, and check out their website here.