Gallery Bodalla: the love of Country
VIDEO: The exhibition was officially opened with Annie, Bill and Cheryl on Saturday 16 February with music by guitarist extraordinaire John Hoorweg.
Gallery Bodalla’s latest exhibition features Annie Franklin’s beautiful paintings celebrating the marvellous nuances of colour, light, and seasonal changes in the environment. She is joined by Bill Insch with vibrant landscapes, wildlife paintings and intriguing ceramics; and south coast Aboriginal artist Cheryl Davison whose paintings draw on stories told to her by family about the lands of her ancestors, the Wulbunja and Ngarigo peoples.
Annie Franklin has worked as a professional artist since completing her study in fine art (printmaking) in 1986. During this time Annie has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian Embassy in Paris.
Bill Insch is showing in Gallery Bodalla for the first time. Bill’s close connection with, and love for the south coast landscape and wildlife, is very apparent in his work. He likes to explore the relationship between humans and nature, and says his observations and experience in the environment have revealed the increasing strains humankind is putting on the natural world.
They are joined by Cheryl Davison, who lives in Tilba at the foot of Gulaga mountain, where she gains a lot of inspiration for her practice. Working in acrylic and gouache Cheryl’s paintings are distinctly Aboriginal with a strong modern influence. “Painting for me is about never forgetting the past – to be proud of my heritage and culture. Aboriginal peoples today still grieve the loss of culture and country. It is through my art I am able to keep the South Coast stories alive”, Cheryl said.
An exhibition not to be missed, Gallery Bodalla is open Thursday to Sunday 10.30am-4pm, and by appointment, heritage post office building, Princes Hwy, Bodalla www.gallerybodalla.com.au ph.0421 238 174