20 July – 3 September 2017

‘Night and Day’- Anne Tweed – Pencil and watercolour drawings

‘Landscapes’ – Smiley Williams – Oil and gouache paintings

‘Street Moss’ – Bronwyn Silver and Bernard Slattery – Photography

Two painters, two photographers, all from Castlemaine and the district, will hold exhibitions from 20 July until 3 September.

Anne Tweed lives in Castlemaine and has created ‘Night and Day’, a series of drawings, paintings and monoprints of animals and birds and their habitat. Their power lies in their powerful attention to detail, the result of her keen observation and drawing skill. Her last exhibition at Falkner concentrated on birds and their complicated, intricate nests; this show includes birds and mammals in their environments.

Smiley Williams from Elphinstone enjoys the challenge and rewards of the paint medium whether as oils or gouaches. His exhibition upstairs is of canvases and gouache studies on paper. He depicts the landscape around him, not literally but as an expressive response. His small gouaches are sometimes developed into oil paintings but sometimes they express his personal interpretation of the surrounding landscape in their own right.

Downstairs is a series of photographs by Bronwyn Silver and Bernard Slattery entitled ‘Street Moss’. Bronwyn and Bernard are both keen environmentalists and their exhibition describes how ‘The paved streets of our towns and cities are imperfect coverings of a nature always ready to stage a comeback…. The margins of manholes, the gaps between gutter paving stones, the shady neglected corners of industrial sites, all harbour active plant colonies ever ready to expand and undo the work of the bitumen and concrete industries.’ [Slattery] The photographs are exquisite works of nature and aesthetics.

All three exhibitions commence Thursday 20 July and continue until Sunday 3 September.

Meet the artists Saturday 22 July 2-4pm