Getting acquainted with “art” with the Nambucca Valley Art Appreciation Group – News from the region

Gallery of group members looking into the Stringer Gallery at Nambucca Heads as part of a course entitled Treasures of Australian Art.

HAVE YOU EVER seen a painting in an art gallery and thought, “I wonder what this is? “

If so, here is the opportunity to discover “the art” of it.

The Nambucca Valley Art Appreciation Group aims to give members insight and history into the history of famous Australian works of art and guidelines on how to approach paintings.

The group has grown in number in the Nambucca Valley over the past ten years and now has over 80 members.

The current course is focused on “Australian Art and Social History”.

“We examine the work of renowned artists and consider their works in relation to the social history of the times they lived,” said Marlene Griffin, Nambucca Valley Art Appreciation Group.

“Many of these artists have led colorful lives and we explore their experiences and exploits.

“There is often a humorous, entertaining and sometimes outrageous element in the life story of many of these artists,” said Marlene.

The very first Australian artist, John Lewin, somehow missed the sailboat between England and Australia and his poor wife sailed into the unknown without him.

It took another two years before the couple reunited and could begin to paint the flora and fauna of this strange land.

Before the Covid-19 restrictions, members of the Art Appreciation group enjoyed face-to-face meetings.

Currently, members share the course via email with images of artwork sent to members in each mailing.

A mailing is sent to members every two weeks.

The course is free for anyone wishing to register.

Marlene said the Group has big plans for the coming year.

“Our first artist of 2022 will be one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists,” said Marlene.

“He is often known as the ‘Master of the gum trees.’

“You’ve probably guessed it’s Hans Heysen.

“We will follow that up with an equally interesting story of his most famous daughter; Australia’s first female war artist and the first female artist to win the Archibald Prize – Nora Heysen, ”said Marlene.

Group members can participate by giving their views on specific artists or works of art, but there is no obligation to respond to mailings.

You can just enjoy the stories and hopefully get inspired by them.

For more information or to join the course, email Marlene Griffin at [email protected].

The Group can provide members with guidelines on how to approach paintings.

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