Hills artists showcase

A bronze bust of the monk who founded the New Norcia Mission, Dom Salvado.
A bronze bust of the monk who founded the New Norcia Mission, Dom Salvado.

Officially opening on Friday, July 31, at 6.30pm, the exhibition showcases the works of a group of local artists who gather regularly to inspire, support and encourage their art practice.

The Gathering collective comprises Mikaela and Stephen Castledine, Victoria Laurie, Sandra-Lee Mackey, Barbara Mitchell, Gordon Mitchell, Johannes Pannekoek and Diana Papenfus.

Chief executive Rhonda Hardy said: �These works are an exciting expression of the culture, history and natural environments of Western Australia�s heritage.

�The inspiration for this collection was a trip to New Norcia located 130km north of Perth, a scenic town with a unique history offering the artists a unique opportunity to explore how they respond to place.

�Old friends, award-winning artists, passionate creatives in their chosen media � whether you�re looking for inspiration, enjoyment or something special to purchase, there�s something for everyone at the exciting upcoming exhibition, Gathering.�

Founded in 1846, New Norcia offers an abundance of historical, spiritual, architectural, farming and natural environments as well as a rich and controversial past.

The Spanish gothic buildings are the perfect impetus for creativity.

On establishing the monastery at the New Norcia site, one of the monks wrote: �I raised my eyes to the Australian sky. How beautiful it is.

�It has no equal in the whole world. The blue is extremely delicate. I have seen nothing like it elsewhere.

�Time passes unnoticed in the contemplation of its beauty. It is simply inspiring.�

The Gathering exhibition continues until Friday, August 7, at the Zig Zag Gallery on 50 Railway Road, Kalamunda.