1 February – 25 March 2018

‘Bushland’ – Margaret Cromb – Watercolours and Woodcuts

‘….stitched to everything….- musings of an errant ecologist’ – Greg Somerville – water/nature inspired Textiles and Photographs

Themes of Ecology by Local Artists

Falkner Gallery will re-open after the Summer Break on 1 February with two exciting new exhibitions by local artists: Margaret Cromb showing ‘Bushland’ and Greg Somerville showing ‘…stitched to everything…- musings of an errant ecologist.’

‘Bushland’ is an exhibition of watercolours and woodcuts that describe the natural environment of Central Victoria.

Margaret writes: “I consider myself to be especially blessed to live in an area surrounded by extensive forests and I continue to enjoy exploring them and becoming more familiar with the birds and animals which inhabit them.

I have been involved over many years with Landcare especially in the Casey/ Cardinia area where I came from. More recently I have become involved with Connecting Country and its bird-monitoring program. Spending time in the bush looking for birds and being immersed in the environment is a great joy to me. I am impressed with Connecting Country and its focus on restoring natural habitat by educating and supporting landowners.

So it is a pleasure to be able to donate to its activities through this exhibition.” Cromb

The works depict bushland scenes, individual trees and wildflowers, often including the birds which are to be found amongst them. Margaret’s characteristic layering of colour washes can be seen in her representational portrayals of the local environment about which she is so passionate. Fifty percent of the net proceeds will be donated to Connecting Country.

Upstairs, Greg Somerville captures the local environment with different techniques and media – textiles and photography but with similarly powerful effects. His training and early work as a biologist has led him to use the insights of science, especially ecology and Chaos Theory, in his artistic output.

He writes: “The imagery I utilise is grounded in the patterns, textures and minutiae of the bioregion in which I live. They are also informed by my knowledge of biological structures, the energies and relationships found in ecosystems, within the micro and macroscopic.”

He continues: ”The patterns of water drops on leaves, the way lichen spreads on sandstone or the manner in which trees co-inhabit the landscape is every bit as revelatory as the great texts, painting or musical composition.” Somerville

His abstracted quilted works and his photographs use detailed patterns, textures and layers to suggest the complexities and subtleties of nature.

Both exhibitions commence 1 February and continue until 25 March. Both artists will be present Saturday 3 February 2 – 4 pm

Please note Falkner Gallery’s revised hours for 2018:

Wed 1-5, Thurs–Sat 11-5 and Sunday by appointment

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29 March – 19 May 2018

‘Tassels and Fragments’ – Helen Fraser – Ink and gouache drawings

‘Still’ – Judy Schrever – Oil paintings

Two quiet, meditative exhibitions at Falkner Gallery

Local contemporary artist Helen Fraser explores her love of textiles and the human spirit in a playful and whimsical way. Using ink, gouache and a limited palette, Helen provides an insight into our psychology through a detailed observation of tassels and fabric fragments.

Both artist and psychologist, Helen has a unique perspective that she shares through her original artwork which includes motifs such as threads, fragments, frayed edges, stitching, tassels, weaving, knitting and knots; all representing aspects of healing, recovery and self-understanding as we navigate complex lives and relationships.

Throughout history tassels have been used to decorate interiors, embellish curtain windows and blinds, adorn four-poster beds and upholstered furniture. As such, they are often viewed as status symbols. As a metaphor for humanity and our inner world, could tassels represent the part of us that wants to be noticed?

By comparison, fragments of fabric or cloth may represent something very private, broken, frayed or fragmented within our inner world. Helen reflects upon her love of knitting with a particular focus here on heritage lace knitting or Shetland Lace. These fragments hint at the beauty of past and present textile traditions whilst being a metaphor for the human condition.

Upstairs is the exhibition ‘Still’ by Melbourne artist Judy Schrever. Judy studied at Melbourne art schools and individually with well-known artist David Moore. Her main love is to paint from life, whether still life, portraiture or landscape and she enjoys the focussed communion with the subject that this provides. Her oil paintings are quiet, intimate, reflective studies of landscapes and flowers. She writes: “My love of flowers dominates this exhibition. Their transience creates a yearning to capture the moment when the heart is touched by their beauty. I often prefer a simple composition to allow the banksias, waratahs, anemones or jonquils to tell their own modest story”. Schrever

Both exhibitions commence 29 March and continue until 19 May. The artists will be present Saturday 7 April 2-4pm.