Wednesday, 25th February, 2015
By Erica Visser
When you enter a room adorned with Phyllis Ragenovich’s paintings the first thing that jumps out is the impressive range of themes and colours.
“I never ever stick to a theme,” said Mrs Ragenovich, whose first solo exhibition “Rags to Pictures” will open at the Regional Art Gallery on Friday night.
“I’ve been painting for quite a few years, since the late eighties, just as a hobby. I used to sit in (respected local artist) Joyce Condon’s gallery and do water colours.”
She also studied at TAFE under Brian Martin and now spends one day a week with local artist Amanda Johnson.
“Everyone’s been very supportive. My friends and family are all coming along on Friday to have a look.”
Mrs Ragenovich’s artwork will be displayed upstairs at the gallery, which will see a total of five exhibitions open on Friday including that of another local artist, Robyn Taylor.
It is also the first solo exhibition for Ms Taylor who will debut with a series of paintings entitled “A Relative Perspective” which aim to encourage viewers to take notice of everyday things.
Other work on show will include the Willyama Art Society annual exhibition “In Your Dreams” and women’s artist group Gaara Arts’ exhibition of small works, all measuring just 7 x 9 inches.
Despite the limitations on size, on display will be a wide variety of subject matter including landscapes and animals covering a diverse range of media.
The poetry of place - the fibre art of Virginia Kaiser (1945-2012) will also be on display after being opened by Mark Viner, Head of Sturt, Australia’s oldest craft centre.