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

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

MAMA
The Russell Mills Foundation

Creature

Exhibition: 13 May – 27 August 2017
Opening:  12 May 2017

Creatures; animals, both real and fantastic, have been both enduring and integral components of human storytelling, occupying a place in art since the Stone Ages. Throughout this time, animals in art have served as vessels, having been used to communicate environmental issues, narratives concerning life and death, in a celebration of nature’s beauty and power, as well as reflecting sentimental attachments. Ever present in the human psyche, animals connect us to the wild and anchor us in the domestic. Whether artists have used them literally or figuratively, with or without human subjects, animals in art make meaning in a vastness of ways, capable of carrying a rich variety of symbolic associations, commanding compositions that irrevocably bond nature and culture.

Take a walk on the wild side as you discover the creatures of the Max Watters Collection.

Image: Suzie Marston, Portrayal of the Watters Persona 1993, acrylic on cotton duck, Max Watters Collection.

Ebb & Flow: contemporary textiles and fibre arts – Untethered Fibre Artists

Jenepher Walker, Pod 1,

13 May 2017 - 02 July 2017

Opening: 12 May 2017

The essence, the core, of group exhibiting is human interaction, imparting a message and sharing a passion.

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The Lady and The Unicorn - A Bundanon Trust touring exhibition

13 May 2017 - 02 July 2017

Opening: 12 May 2017

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is delighted to bring Arthur Boyd and Peter Porter’s The Lady and The Unicorn to the Upper Hunter.  

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