While we were on the Southern Highlands there was another favourite place to visit: The Milk Factory in Bowral. Located on the by-pass, at 33 Station Street, there is always something to see & this time was no exception. The Summer Exhibition is on show in the largest gallery, featuring a variety of works including landscapes & contemporary work as well as photography. There are four separate galleries here & the exhibition called ‘Natural Selection’ displays embroidered sculptures, hand cut paper art and felted art by three artists; Meredith Woolnough, Lisa Rodden & Rae Woolnough. Such intricate, colourful, delicate work. Adjacent to this display is another exhibition called ‘Contours’ featuring delicate tracery on beautiful blended colours with a mix of sea, forest & sunset themes, So clever you want to talk to the artist to find out how it was all done! There’s lots more to see here including ceramics, glass & photographic work. A lovely way to spend a day; two hours easy driving on the M2 and M7, lunch at Lake Alexandra in Mittagong, coffee & conversation with friends.
The Sturt Gallery, Mittagong.
One of our favourite spots, the Sturt Gallery is packed with the very best of ceramics, fine woodwork, jewellery and from time to time, a stunning exhibition in their gallery. This time it is a celebration of Ernabella Arts; a renowned indigenous art centre with a history going back some seventy years. The Exhibition is titled ‘In Their Hands‘ and works comprise weaving from harvested grass, acrylics on wood & canvas, drawings, paintings, batik, tapestry and stoneware: fifty pieces in all. Stunning does not do it justice & the number of red dots speaks for the quality and excitement apparent in this work, Do yourselves a favour & go & see it.
As noted in my earlier ‘Out & About’ posting, the current exhibition at Gosford is well worth visiting. An absolutely superb selection of paintings by Russell Drysdale & Brett Whitely is on show until 4 February We went yesterday & enjoyed every minute & every piece. With excellent space & lighting Drysdale’s works just leap off the walls, drawing you in to a whirl of colour. Whiteley’s work is different; unique, quirky. engaging & his collages so very clever. These artists complement each other beautifully & the exhibition should not be missed.