17 August 2015 Immerse Yourself in Latest Shows at the Gallery

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‘Illuminate’ - a mesmerizing and thought-provoking paper, light and sound installation created by the Goomeroi people from northwest NSW – is just one of the fascinating new exhibitions opening on August 28 at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

‘Illuminate’ features a replica ‘mission home’ which is clad with hand-made paper, made by the Euraba Artists and Papermakers, with the support of internationally-acclaimed Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi artist Jonathon Jones.  The stories of the community are projected from within, rather than onto, the structure, allowing the artist to tell their stories the way they want to be heard.

“It explores stories and ideas of home and housing, culture and community,” said Gallery Director/Curator Dr Leigh Summers. “It captures a community’s aspirations, drawing on history, experiences and intergenerational relationships. It is an initiative of the Goomeroi people from Toomelah and Boggabilla in northwest New South Wales and is simply unforgettable.” 

Also showing is renowned artist sculptor Jeramie Scahill.

“Jeramie is a well-known jeweller and sculptor whose work has appeared at ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ and other important prizes,” said Dr Summers. “His show features large works with purposefully and carefully rusted surfaces that give the impression of weathering and heat. While these works have a distinctive rust coloured surface, on closer inspection each work shimmers with different underlying colours. These two dimensional works are complemented by Jeramie’s sculptural forms which are elegant and dramatic.”

The delicate illustrative work of the third exhibitor - Tablelands artist Pierette Romandi – is in contrast to that of Jeramie Scahill.

“Pierrette’s work draws inspiration from the natural world often focussing on beauty that is often hidden and requires looking for,” reveals Dr Summers. “She finds the loveliness in toadstools and found objects and also, as Jeramie has done, in rust.  Romandi uses traditional art techniques and contemporary materials.  She is also renowned for her travel postcards and will present a travel sketching and postcard workshop on the Saturday after the Opening and following an artist talk at the Gallery.” 

All the exhibitions open at 6pm on Friday, August 28. Entry is $5 for the Opening Night.

An Artist Talk and morning tea will be held at the Gallery on Saturday, August 29, at 10.15am. Entry is by gold coin. Following the Talk, Pierette Romandi will hold a postcard travel diary workshop. The workshop costs $30 and anyone interested is asked to book and collect a materials list at the Gallery.