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Diversity in still life
The Twilight Tour, Nature Observed attracted art lovers.
The Nature Observed exhibition features artworks from the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection, created by artists who reflect on the natural world. Botanical illustrations and still lifes depict the diversity of nature.
On 19 September 2019, the gallery hosted a guided twilight tour of the exhibition. Attended by approximately 15 art lovers, the exhibit is the gallery's contribution to the 70th anniversary of the Carnival of Flowers.
Informative in both the history of the gallery and the artworks, the talk lasted for around one hour, viewing approximately 40 diverse works including sculpture and pottery. It began in a leisurely way with a free glass of bubbly.
Some of the painted works were: Dandelions and Grasses, screenprint on paper by Joy Hutton; Toowoomba Range, gouche and pencil on paper by Hubert Jarvis; To the West, watercolour on paper by Peter Laverty; and Florilegium 3 and 11 by Joseph McGlennon (the latter inspired by Joseph Banks' botanical drawings).
A sample of artworks in the exhibit.
Life Along the Range, oil on canvas by award-winning artist David Rankin, was the work which inspired the collection to be chosen for the exhibit. It depicts elemental aspects of the Australian landscape.
Downs Landscape Departing Storm No.14, oil on canvas by Charlie Boyle was one of my favourites. The guide described Boyle as a 'god of atmospherics'. I could see why.
The Art Gallery has several beautiful floral artworks for the Carnival of Flowers.
Capturing the essence of civic pride, Part of the Botanical Gardens at Toowoomba, painting by Charles Sebastian Hirst, depicted buildings and gardens as they originally were in 1879. The Botanic Gardens at the top of Queens Park opened in 1875 after William Henry raised the money for recreational spaces. It was established by the Council. Horses used to take their rest overnight in the gardens. Artist Hirst, a multi-talented individual with character, ended his life with an overdose of opium in 1890.
The Twilight Tour, Nature Observed talk was well-rounded and interesting. The display finishes on 13 October 2019. Enthusiastic volunteers keep the gallery open for the talks. Follow upcoming tours.