Art exhibitions draw in Easter crowds

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
The Hive artists Caro Bannister, Yu-Hua Lan, Brooke McQueen, Beverley Young, Elaine Clocherty and Natasha Stewart.
Camera IconThe Hive artists Caro Bannister, Yu-Hua Lan, Brooke McQueen, Beverley Young, Elaine Clocherty and Natasha Stewart. Credit: Supplied

Art lovers have the chance to immerse themselves in an array of exhibitions running across the region this Easter.

Exhibitions at Gracetown and The Hive in Margaret River all start during the public holiday break.

Additionally, residents are being invited to a rare chance to engage in land art as part of a public installation planned outside the Margaret River Library with artists Elaine Clocherty and Kyllie Deltondo.

Clocherty is also among the artists showing their pieces at the Hive Margaret River Art Collective from Saturday, March 30, through to April 3.

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Doors open 10am to 4pm daily for the show featuring local and visiting artists including Yu-Hua Lan, Caro Bannister, Beverley Young, Brooke McQueen and others.

Clocherty said the collective decided to switch it up this year and run their exhibition during Easter rather than New Year.

“The artists have chosen the theme ‘dreams’ for their work,” she said.

“Different artists will be available each day to talk about their work.

“The artwork is an opportunity to contemplate what we dream for ourselves, our family, friends, our community and the precious Land on which we live and share.”

Bannister said her latest showings had a “whimsical” feel.

“I’m trying to depict the dream-like feelings I have in nature,” she said.

“The desire to be resting in and protected by it. Sleepily dreaming by fresh water or lazing in the sun is something so desirable and dreamy.”

Taiwanese-Australian artist Lan said the dream motif showed through in her ceramics.

“In my art, dreams merge with nature, inspiring both my creations and narratives,” she said.

“I delve into memories, crafting abstract forms I hope reflect the human experience and emotions.

“Guided by intuition and nature, each sculpture becomes a vessel for storytelling, weaving together threads of my life.”

Also featured in the collective exhibition are printmaker Natasha Stewart, ceramic artist Lana McPherson, and mixed-media artist Amanda Wilson.

With Bannister, Clocherty is also running a collaborative public clay and land art workshop at The Hive on Saturday, March 30, from 10am to 12pm at a cost of $20 per person.

The annual Art in the Bay exhibition is also running at Gracetown Community Hall on Easter Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm with works also for sale.

The land art workshop takes place on Wednesday, April 3 with numbers limited.

Suitable for families and children older than five, the workshop will construct a physical installation using local nuts, seeds, flowers and bark.

To register interest, visit Eventbrite.

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