Christine Pike: Coal Miners 10 January - 22 February 2015

Christine Pike, Coal Face #17 (detail), charcoal, ink, pastel and gesso; Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection; Image used courtesy of the artist. (cropped)

Opening 6.00pm 09 January 2015

A finalist for the 42nd Muswellbrook Art Prize in both the works on paper and painting categories, Christine Pike’s portrayal of miners and mining in the Hunter Valley struck a chord with both local and visiting guests to the Arts Centre.

In a special exhibition sponsored by the NSW Minerals Council, Christine shows us the ordinary but extraordinary life of the coal miners in their environment. From the depths of the underground to the giant space of the open cut we see the coal miner performing the everyday tasks of a dangerous profession. With the current focus on mining in the Hunter Valley a topic of much discussion Australia wide, Christine presents the human face of mining with the depth of observation that only a superbly expressive artist can bring to bear.

Image: Christine Pike, Open Cut #1 2012 (detail), charcoal, ink, pastel and gesso; Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection; Image used courtesy of the artist.

Opening night 6.00pm Friday, 9 January 2015

With refreshments courtesy of Two Rivers Hunter Valley Wines and Hunter Belle Cheese.
Special thanks to Cowra Regional Art Gallery and Arts & Entertainment Gosford.