Six creative Mudgee women have teamed up to mount a vibrant exhibition and sale of paintings, ceramics and millinery at The Stables Gallery. The exhibition runs until Sunday 3rd of November. High quality, interesting, affordable art works are on sale.
Sunflowers (L) and Still Life (Top Right) by Louise Windeyer, “Jan’s House” (Bottom Right) by Pauline Morrissey
The inspiration for these accomplished creatives ranges from the earthy to the spiritual. The colours and textures of the central west’s landscape manifest strongly in many of the pieces.
Pauline Morrissey paints Mudgee district farms and houses. Her works radiate a quiet intensity and affection for the rural countryside.
“Shady Past” “Heslop Winery”
Pauline’s subjects are familiar locations and she captures what we all love about this part of the world.
Virginia Moffatt’s vases are immediately appealing, with lustrous glazes and the balance of elegant shapes and dimensions.
In contrast, the harshness and aridity of the landscape are captured on the textured surfaces and sturdy shapes of Virginia’s slab built pieces.
(L) Virginia builds a stoneware house, (R) “Dried Up” (detail)
The show includes a good number of Jenny Macnaughton’s signature rural landscapes. These and her flower paintings have been featured in my previous post A flower painting workshop in Mudgee.
(L) Jenny in her studio, (R) “Awaiting the Next Job”
This time Jenny has included some very different works – giving a glimpse of the hidden depths of her creative vision and talents.
(L) “Native Flare”, (R) “The Toy Box”
Jan Millard is a florist and milliner. What a combination- I imagine her surrounded daily by flowers and with a gorgeous hat to hand for every occasion! I love the sweet black-and-white floral cap, “Daisy and Velvet”, with its daring embellishments.
Jan uses a variety of fabrics in her romantic, feminine creations.
Helen Swords’ work was featured in my recent post Powerful exhibition by Mudgee region ceramic artists. In this exhibition however Helen displays a more traditional selection of exquisitely decorated vases.
I like the adventurous vase with its upside-down grevillea motif, and the poignant delicacy of the decoration on “Cyclamens” (top left).
Louise Windeyer makes no secret of the source of her creative spirit- the Baha’i Faith. It’s Louise’s vision which brought all the artists together to achieve this excellent exhibition.
(L) Louise painting at the gallery, (R) Words of Louise’s faith, adorned with Blue Wrens
The joy which her faith imparts is manifest in all of Louise’s paintings- flowers, birds, fruits are bursting with energy and vitality. Louise also has a display of pamphlets and information about the Baha’i Faith.
(L) Peonies, (R) Pears
Drop in to the gallery and see an artist at work!
Brushwork, Clay and Chapeau Exhibition and Sale
Ends 3rd November
The Stables Gallery, 86 Market Street Mudgee
Open Daily 10am to 4pm