Travis De Vries: Lost Tales – Walking with Gods

Darc Ridjerul, 2017, Oil on canvas

Opening night 6pm Friday 7 July 2017

8 July - 27 August 2017

Multidisciplinary artist, writer and creator Travis De Vries’ upcoming collection of work borrows and twists the tropes of mythology, graphic novels and traditional story telling to reimagine the stories of Australia’s First People.

A collection of new paintings, stitched together in a wall-to-wall tapestry, with prose, sculptural and audio-visual elements; Lost Tales: Walking with Gods is an opportunity to engage and experience aeons old stories in a completely new light. These works echo the studies of Joseph Campbell or the worlds of Neil Gaiman, they will resonate deep in the heart of the Australian psyche through our connection to the myths and legends of the Indigenous people; gods, demons and creature that haunt us and the clash these ideas have with the more recent western mythologies to come to Australia.

"I am creating new mythologies that grow and change all the time. Presented as a whole; each painting is connected to all of the other and together they form a story set in the small town of Glen Innes in northern New South Wales. You’ll see motifs from the local area and in this exhibition I explore the idea of gods from both western and Australian Indigenous pantheon mixing with each other and the local populace. This is a look inside the worlds that exist in my head, a sprawling place where all manner of creature from our psyche runs rampant. A god from one of the Norse pantheons has hitched ride to Australia at some time in the last couple of centuries. Whilst here though he has been in a fight with a local deity and now has amnesia, he can't remember that he is a god. All the memories he has are hints and flashes from the old days, mostly rituals and sacrifices and that is slowly sending him insane. He wants to remember and he begins to act out the flashes of memory that he has by kidnapping local children and performing ceremonies. It's dark, a little disturbing but I love the play between the local mythology and the introduction of western mythologies, and I love to see what happens when these things mix."

Image: Darc Ridjerul, 2017, Oil on canvas

 

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Michèle Heibel – For the love of the Hunter

Opening night 6pm Friday 1 September 2017

02 September – 22 October 2017

In this collection of delicately etched works, Michèle Heibel explores her relationship with the Hunter Valley - the place she credits with reigniting her desire to draw after almost two decades of working and living in Sydney's busy CBD. We see the things that made her fall in love with the Hunter - the calm, steady presence of trees, the undemanding (yet ever-present) companionship of wildlife, the endless layers of light. And we touch on the more complex emotions that are released the moment a person commits to a place ... feelings such as the fear of loss, the urge to protect and the hope for a sound future.

Dorothy Wishney - Art of Contemplation

Dorothy Wishney, 'Balancing Act, Queenstown, Tasmania', oil on canvas.

Opening night 6pm Friday 1 September 2017

02 September – 22 October 2017

This exhibition brings together landscapes separated by 12,000 miles. Dorothy Wishney's early years in Scotland and study at The Glasgow School of Art gave her an affinity with the landforms of her homeland.

Australia, now her home for many years, introduced a different landscape, initially strange and overwhelming in its vastness.

Only on contemplation were similarities unveiled.

Essentially in both instances there was a feeling of permanency and ancient connections. Closer consideration of these locations found a common thread of landscapes of splendid isolation, landscapes reshaped by human activity and landscapes of regeneration.

This exhibition is a journey of visual discovery searching for the essence of place and engaging with the land.

Image: Dorothy Wishney, 'Balancing Act, Queenstown, Tasmania', oil on canvas

Muswellbrook Local Art Awards 2017

Naomi Norris, Jazzy. First prize Wroks On Paper 2016

Opening night 6pm Saturday 28 October 2017

29 October to 22 December 2017

The Muswellbrook Local Art Awards are an annual competition which offers local artists from Muswellbrook, Singleton, and Upper Hunter Shires the opportunity to show off the cream of their work from the past twelve months.

The Muswellbrook Local Art Awards has six prize categories, comprising of painting, works on paper, 3D art, photography, Aboriginal art and a youth prize.

Competition opens August 2017.

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Contemporising the Modern - Photography from the 20th and 21st Century

08 July – 27 August 2017

Contemporising the modern showcases 50 photographic works that speak of Australia in the 20th and early 21st centuries collected by Russell Mills and donated to the Murray Art Museum Albury, MAMA in 2015. The collection explores the development of Australian photography and its coming of age in a period when photographers were investigating and pushing the boundaries of the acceptance of photography as a pure art form. The collection brings together iconic artists and artworks of the period including Max Dupain, Olive Cotton, Jeff Carter, Roger Scott and Trent Parke.

The Russell Mills Foundation was formed in 2015, on the death of Russell Mills, a nurse and public servant who nurtured interests in reading, art, music and theatre that grew into passions for festivals, books, art, photography, 20th-century architecture, musical theatre and arts philanthropy. The Foundation is a legacy of Russell's ideals. It supports opportunities for Australians to be challenged and enriched by experiences and ideas, and to find inspiration for promoting a fairer, smarter and more engaged community.

Max DUPAIN (1911–1992) <br /> Silos through windscreen, 1965/2005

Max DUPAIN (1911–1992)
Silos through windscreen, 1965/2005
silver gelatin photograph
Gift of the Russell Mills Foundation, 2015
MAMA collection

Petrina HICKS (1972) - Lambswool - from the series The Descendants, 2008

Petrina HICKS (1972) - Lambswool - from the series The Descendants, 2008
Lightjetprint photograph
Gift of the Russell Mills Foundation, 2015
MAMA collection

Olive COTTON (1911–2003)<br /> Only to Taste the Warmth, the Light, the Wind, c.1939

Olive COTTON (1911–2003)
Only to Taste the Warmth, the Light, the Wind, c.1939
silver gelatin photograph
Gift of the Russell Mills Foundation, 2015
MAMA collection

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The Russell Mills Foundation

Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths

Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths 2013.

28 November to 15 December 2017

The ever popular biennial community Christmas event, the Muswellbrook Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths are on display again in 2017 at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre. Visitors to the display will be able to immerse themselves in the festive spirit with splendid, inspired, unique and creative Christmas Trees and Wreaths dotted throughout the Arts Centre.

Visitors to the Muswellbrook Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths are invited to cast their vote in deciding the winning display along with supporting the Red Cross’s fund raising efforts. Voting is $2 per adult and $1 for children and concession holders and is open to the public for the duration of the display.

Voting is open to the public for the duration of the display. While the Sponsor’s Prize is selected by a Bengalla Mining Company representative, all other prizes are decided by people’s choice.

Official Closing and Presentation of Prizes 6pm Friday 15 December 2017 with refreshments courtesy of the Muswellbrook Red Cross.

  

Picture: Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths 2013.