Art by Jeanette Albury, Rosemary Anderson, Helmut Breckwoldt and Narelle Oliver
Join us at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum 6pm, Friday 6 April, 2018 for our Official Launch of three stimulating exhibitions 'Fragile Balance’, ‘One Life – Two Decades On: Helmut Breckwoldt Retrospective’ and ‘“I Want to be in a Book” A Story About Cecil by Narelle Oliver’.
Local Gladstone artists Jeanette Albury and Rosemary Anderson explore the mangrove eco-systems and nearby environments in the Gladstone Harbour in their exhibition 'Fragile Balance’. Collaborating, they have responded to the environment using drawings and paintings on paper and canvas and have formed 3D sculptures using organic and repurposed materials. Albury and Anderson use their creativity to inspire, stimulate and motivate others to enjoy the environment in which we live.
‘One Life – Two Decades On: Helmut Breckwoldt Retrospective’ is a commemorative exhibition revisiting one of Gladstone’s most well-respected artists, Helmut Breckwoldt. Although 2018 marks twenty years since his passing, Breckwoldt’s works continue to resonate with our regional communities, particularly Gladstone. The exhibition has been prepared in collaboration with the artist’s family.
“I Want to be in a Book” A Story About Cecil by Narelle Oliver’ by the late Queensland author and illustrator Narelle Oliver (1960 -2016) shows the development of her last picture book. The exhibition is comprised of the works made for the book and a retrospective of her stunning illustrative style. Narelle began creating books using pure linocut and over time her craft evolved to include collage, frottage and mixed media. With thanks to the artist’s family for making these works available to the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.
Gallery & Museum Curator, Jo Duke, said, “It’s wonderful that we’ve got three exhibitions up that are new to the Gallery & Museum. Two of the exhibitions are by our local artists, Jeanette Albury and Rosemary Anderson, who are looking at our local environments, and particularly the mangrove environments. Spectacular works and such different makers it’s great to see. Then we have a retrospective of one of our well recognised and celebrated artists, Helmut Breckwoldt, looking at our built environment, lots of really wonderful old houses. It’s a pleasure to revisit these works because we haven’t seen them for a while. There’s this charming sense of old world to these old houses which have been moved or are now gone from the area. We are so exited and can’t wait to have all of the comments from everybody when they come through”.
All three exhibitions will be open from Saturday 7 April, 2018. One Life – Two Decades On: Helmut Breckwoldt Retrospective’ and ‘“I Want to be in a Book” A Story About Cecil by Narelle Oliver’ are on display until Saturday 5 May, 2018, while 'Fragile Balance’ is on display until Saturday 19 May, 2018. For all enquiries, contact the Gallery & Museum on (07) 4976 6766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.