A Time To Reflect
Join Cr Gail Sellers, Mayor of Gladstone Region, at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum from 6pm, Friday May 15, for the official launch of Reflections of Yesteryear, a fine art exhibition by Marie Green.
After a number of successful solo exhibitions, nationally and aboard, and several first prize winnings at prestigious art shows, the Agnes Water artist Marie Green, committed two years to painting the honest beauty of hard-working Queenslanders over a one hundred year period.
Using the traditional technique of oil painting, Green applies her unmistakeable style to examine the everyday lives of Queenslanders living and working in tough conditions between 1880 and 1980. In particular she focuses on the 'normal' activities that ordinary Queenslanders once did, but no longer do. Uniquely, the exhibition also includes a digital component of photographs and oral histories, relaying first person anecdotes and stories behind a number of the paintings.
Green explained the thought process behind Reflections of Yesteryear as 'historical facts combined with a never ending joy in seeking the most beautiful aspects in nature'. Green brings her skills and loves together and creates beautiful stories within her oil paintings.
"I paint everything the way I think it wants to be seen. I paint nothing that is ugly or shocking or needs a pamphlet of interpretation for the viewer. I paint beauty."
Marie Green will also be speaking at the official launch on Friday May 15, where she will expand in more detail on her two year project to the crowd.
Supported by the Gladstone Region Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council partnership program to support local arts and culture, the exhibition will be display from May 16 until June 2015.
From 5.30pm, prior to the Reflections of Yesteryear launch, all are invited to join Cr Maxine Brushe RADF Chairperson, for the announcement and presentation of the latest round of the Gladstone Region RADF program. Come along to celebrate with the successful recipients and discover the diverse and exciting range of arts and cultural projects, set to commence for the Gladstone Region.
A community cultural initiative of the Gladstone Regional Council, the Gallery & Museum is open 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday, located on the corner of Goondoon & Bramston Sts, Gladstone and admission is FREE. For further information and to RSVP to the official launch or RADF Funding Presentation, please visit http://gallerymuseum.gladstonerc.qld.gov.au, phone 4976 6766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.