Exciting new era for gallery

Artists Ros Blackburn, Val Cave, Gail Leidich, Anne Muller, Eva Boogaard and Marilyn Hamilton with some of their works for the upcoming Earth Matters exhibition.
Artists Ros Blackburn, Val Cave, Gail Leidich, Anne Muller, Eva Boogaard and Marilyn Hamilton with some of their works for the upcoming Earth Matters exhibition.

Gallery co-ordinator Valerie Shaw said it was fitting that the Joondalup Community Arts Association would be the first to enjoy the �new-look� gallery, with exhibition Earth Matters opening on Friday and running until May 1.

�We changed the brand name of the gallery from the blend(er) Gallery to the Joondalup Art Gallery early last year,� Ms Shaw said.

She said all of the old signage was removed and the new ones relating to the name change installed.

�This includes the wording �exhibitions, workshops, arts association, events and art talks� placed in elegant, black letters above the display windows surrounding the gallery,� she said.

She said it could be clearly seen from a distance, informing the public of activities in the gallery and workshop space.

�A bright and colourful abstract image that we have adopted is placed above the entrance and a hanging sign is also seen on the outside,� she said.

�The gallery now looks very clean and fresh, informs passers of activities in the gallery and is in line with our efforts to keep the gallery current.

�It has been a long process, but we have finally achieved what we set out to do and are extremely pleased with the results.�

She said the Earth Matters show reflected each artist�s perspective relating to the title.

�There is great diversity in the artworks, from photorealism to abstraction, Marilyn Hamilton�s �retrieved photographs� and a focus on process which includes mixed media with tactile raised surfaces and use of found objects,� she said.

�I am very pleased that more artists have submitted small sculptural artworks to include and a very beautiful organic clay pot by Doreen Byrne, fragile papier-mache vessels mounted on found objects by Susan Hoy and a bowl and goblet made from air-dried clay and paper created by Lesley le Grove.�

She said two talented indigenous artists, Deborah Bonar and Lindsay Bridge, were also exhibiting work.

�Lindsay also creates small �message� stones which we hope will be on display. There is something for everyone,� she said.

The gallery is open from 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Friday.

It will also be open on Friday, April 17 and 24, and Saturday, April 18 and 25, from 6pm to 9pm.