Works by a trio of
artists working in different media - but linked by the theme of textiles - form
the latest exhibition opening at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery at 6pm on
Friday, July 1.
Described as one of the most
significant textile artists of the 1960s, Coffs Harbour local Arno Thoener’s
work retains its colour and vibrancy despite being designed and manufactured 50
The exhibition includes
metres of original fabric along with swatches, drawings and workbooks. Created
long before computer-assisted drawing was invented, Thoener’s hand-drawn and hand-coloured
images will also be on display in an exhibition which is a must for anyone
interested in interior design, the history of textiles and fashion.
Inspired by Picasso,
Modigliani, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Dali, Miro, Warhol and Lichtenstein, examples
of his work hang in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
One of the region’s best
painters, Isabel Ricketts, spent a whole year creating a body of work inspired
by quilts made by her grandmother and from older quilts held by Coffs Harbour
Regional Museum. Her work, entitled the ‘Fragility of Dreams’ unpacks the ways
in which domestic textiles, including clothing, can generate and convey
memories and feelings. Ricketts has overlaid several of these gentle paintings
with fragile vintage garment patterns to great effect.
Every day for two years,
Maryanne Coutts, who is well-known for her works depicting ambiguous, dark and
often unsettling images, has made a small watercolour of the clothes of someone
from each day’s news coverage. This exhibition brings all 730 images together,
inviting the viewer to remember or reinvent the events that inspired them.
The artist is currently
a senior lecturer at the National Art School. She was awarded the Portia Geach
Memorial Award in 2007 and her work is held by several regional and tertiary
All the exhibitions open at 6pm on Friday, July 1.
Entry is $5 or FREE for children. Finger food will be served and refreshments are
available for purchase. Everyone is welcome to attend.