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Poetry and picture exhibit

Saturday, 14th April, 2018

Artist Wendy Martin with her pastel piece ‘Gathering Wildflowers’, inspired by Robert Herrick’s poem ‘To the virgins - make most of time’. PICTURE: Kara de Groot Artist Wendy Martin with her pastel piece ‘Gathering Wildflowers’, inspired by Robert Herrick’s poem ‘To the virgins - make most of time’. PICTURE: Kara de Groot

By Kara de Groot

The Gaara Arts group are opening a multi-faceted exhibit tonight featuring more than a dozen local artists.

More than 30 artworks will be on display in the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery for the next two months, created by members of the all-female Gaara Arts group.

The exhibit’s theme is ‘poetry and picture’, with members of the group researching poems and seeing what inspiration they found, according to Gaara Art’s Maureen Clark.

“Susan Vreeland said ‘painting feeds the eye just as poetry feeds the ear, which is to say that both feed the soul’, which is a great statement on what we’re all about,” Mrs Clark said.

“There’s such a range of media and styles, from photo-realism to abstract works, contemporary pieces, pastels, mixed media, mosaics, we have a whole range,” she said.

“I think it tells you something also about the artist in the sort of poems they use, and the results speak for themselves.”

Artist Wendy Martin has supplied two pieces for the exhibit, both done in pastels. 

One features her daughter and is inspired by Robert Herrick’s poem ‘To the virgins - make most of time’, while the other takes inspiration from Henry Kendall’s poem ‘September in Australia’.

Her daughter, Chelsea, is shown at age 14 in “Gathering wildflowers’, which Ms Martin said was about making the most of the time given to you.

“A flower is beautiful today then starts to die off, so do what you can now,” Ms Martin said.

“I worked from a photo I took at the time, about 20 years ago, when Chelsea and I found an area covered in wildflowers,” she said.

“I took her up there, and she’s allergic to grass so she wasn’t very impressed and I kept that expression for her in the art because that says to me what age she is.”

The exhibit opens tonight at 6pm and will be on display until June 3.

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