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Place and Movement Group Exhibition

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It's such a delight to see the diversity of entries in our group exhibitions. Our current exhibition "Place and Movement" has once again provided a variety of artworks and mediums that is worth a visit to experience. The artworks are made by Poatina Artists and explore the ideas of place and movement.

Pamela Horsley's oil and cloth on canvas work "Shift End" has ethereal WWI nurses floating towards their injured patients, with 3 main characters in the foreground. It is interesting to note that the patients' bed ends are reminiscent of ladders - which seem to be a recurring motif in her work.

Christie Lange's sculptural piece is made of hand dyed fabric, embroidery thread, slumped glass and a timber stand. The work is a topographical treatment of a journey she made up to the Great Western Tiers and is called "Highlands Journey". A hexagonal design, and the shape of the road up the mountain is cast into the glass and a hole cut into the middle exposes cloth dyed using rusted metal found on her literal journey.

Steve Bell's piece, "Nativity Rocks" is a comprehensive nativity scene made with rocks and shells. With hanging angels and cheeky sheep, this piece has plenty to discover beyond first glances. It has been the inspiration for Steve's book of cartoons "Rock Talk", in which he uses his humour and performance background to present a unique view of the world and relationships between a couple of hilarious rock characters.

Russell McKane has treated a series of photos and digitally printed them onto paper, which he then has stitched with thread. The wonderful texture added by the thread helps to highlight the otherwise everyday nature of the photographed landscape. The viewer is drawn in to the photographs without the need for obvious features or concrete shapes.

Sharnee Torrents has explored weaving in the forks of branches to great effect. Her largest piece is strong in it's simplicity of colours and form. And a smaller wall hanging balances texture and colour in a mature piece. The use of re-purposed, and some unspun, wool makes the artworks earthy in their origin and appearance.

Keith Chidzey, currently in Poatina as an Artist in Residence, has carved a piece out of Huon Pine that is a pair of children's shoes complete with ribbons. The small but impressive piece is part of a series he has been working on inspired by his research of Saint Francis of Assisi. And he has been accepted to be part of an Artist in Residence program in Assisi, Italy this time next year - in addition to his acceptance into the Florence Biennale 2017 soon after. 

With such a diversity of materials and artistic passions, this group exhibition is inspiring and delightful. Hope yo see you in the gallery while the exhibition is showing - until 10th July 2016.

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