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Prepare for an art overload

Friday, 29th November, 2013

Bianca Voss and staff at the Regional Art Gallery have had a busy time preparing for the exhibitions tonight. Bianca Voss and staff at the Regional Art Gallery have had a busy time preparing for the exhibitions tonight.

The Regional Art Gallery’s staff have been flat out preparing for one of the gallery’s busiest nights of the year.

Tonight, not only will three new exhibitions be opened but patrons will also be treated to movies about Broken Hill and the official launch of the Big Screen Film Festival with a guest appearance by an Australian film star.

Two of the art shows are by local artists while the third has a local connection.

In the first, students from the Broken Hill and Willyama high schools and Menindee Central School show paintings, sculpture and video work done for the HSC examinations. This exhibition will be opened by Alison Jones.

Next, local artist Maggie Connell is showing a series of brightly coloured oil paintings which depict her relationship with her two dogs in ‘Living with Wolves’. 

This is Ms McConnell’s first solo exhibition at the BH Regional Art Gallery and it will be opened by the gallery’s manager, Cathy Farry.

Then there is a photographic exhibition called “Small Town Girl” by Elize Strydom. 

This show, which was the runner-up in the Qantas Spirit of Youth competition, documents four teenage girls from four different towns including Broken Hill with the emphasis on what they wear, how they feel and how they see themselves.

The gallery is also hosting the launch of the Big Screen Film Festival which will be opened by Lyndall Roberts, City Council’s Film and Production Co-ordinator, with special guest, actor Aaron Pedersen, star of the movie “Mystery Road”. 

As part of the Film Festival, the gallery will also screen a special showcase of films about Broken Hill and the region entitled “Silver City Classics”. 

At the same time, a series of film stills by Ivan Sen of the cast of “Mystery Road” will be displayed in the old library upstairs. 

After the exhibition, patrons will be invited to walk around the corner to the Silver City Cinema for the premiere of “Mystery Road” at which they will get to meet Mr Pedersen who will be taking questions from the audience.

The night gets underway with opening of the exhibitions about 6.30pm. The gallery doors open at 6pm, everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided. 

(For more information phone Cathy Farry or Darren Parker at the gallery on 8080 3440).

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