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Women in the Whitehorse Art Collection

1 Mar 2018

A new, inspirational exhibition of art by women in the Whitehorse Art Collection is a must-see event beginning in March and includes amazing works by both local and internationally renowned artists.

Whitehorse Councillor Raylene Carr announced that Women in the Whitehorse Art Collection would be showcased at Whitehorse Artspace and included ceramics, paintings, photographs, prints and textiles.

“This is a stunning compilation of works, handpicked by Artspace’s experienced curator who has put together an exhibition for both regular art lovers and those simply curious about the fine works kept in the collection,” Cr Carr said.

“The artworks range from those produced in the early years of the 1900s to as recently as last year. This makes for a brilliant exploration of the history of art over that time. This is a wonderful, free family outing.”

Some artists have created works for the simple joy of art production depicting flowers, landscapes and portraits. Others have created art with a deliberate message, from environmental concerns to the state of politics or comments on world events.

Works include ceramics by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Judith Pungarta Inkamala and Jill Symes, and painting by Clara Southern, Florence Hayward and Norma Bull.

Local Whitehorse artists with work in the exhibition include Box Hill residents Fiona McKinnon and Roma McLaughlin.

McKinnon’s Memorial Fragments is an exquisite rendering of botanical matter gathered on a stroll along Box Hill Cemetery Drive. She always works from specimens, never from photographs.

The artist’s work is in the collections of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Government House, Melbourne, in the Victorian State Collection, as well as in many private collections both here and in the UK, including Prince Charles’ Highgrove Florilegium.

Much-admired art teacher McLaughlin has evolved from conventional painting to inventive paper-cut artworks, an impressive fusion of Western and Asian art. McLaughlin’s work is informed by bustling Box Hill, with its busy pedestrian thoroughfares, its energetic markets and the never-ending Asian eateries.

Women in the Whitehorse Art Collection is a free exhibition from 8 March to 28 April 2018 at Whitehorse Artspace in Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill. For more information, visit www.whitehorseartspace.com.au

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