The Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery will launch two exhibitions this Friday, paying homage to all things Mallee.
Mallee Routes 2018 is the latest instalment of an ongoing collective project that represents the Mallee through the unique perspectives of three different photographers; Eric Algra, Gilbert Roe and Gary Sauer-Thompson.
Featuring stunning and realistic images, the photographs take ordinary landscapes and draw attention to the neglected and sometimes brutal nature of the Australian Mallee.
Mallee Birds is the latest work from Kerang artist Paul Oswin.
With passion for the plants, animals and landscape of the Mallee region, Paul’s exhibition of birdlife uses expressive marks and bold colours to capture the bird’s physical likeness, character and the impression of its environment.
Art Gallery Director Ian Tully said the exhibitions were a timely reminder to appreciate the uniqueness of the area we live in.
“Sometimes it’s easy to forget the beauty that surrounds us because we see it every day,” Mr Tully said.
“Living in the Mallee – we’re so lucky that we’re surrounded by open spaces and native wildlife. And that’s a luxury that isn’t available to everyone.”
Mr Tully added that like the Mallee, the two very different exhibitions uniquely complemented each other.
“The rawness and honesty that Mallee Routes 2018 captures coupled with the vibrant beauty of Mallee Birds is a stunning contrast and so typical of this area.”
The exhibitions open this Friday, 23 March starting at 6pm at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.
As part of the opening, the local Youthspective Photography Awards will also be presented.
All are welcome. Light refreshments provided.
Running in conjunction with the Mallee Routes 2018 exhibition, community members are invited to join Eric and Gilbert for a floor talk on Saturday, 24 March from 11am. For more information contact the Gallery on 5036 2430.
Left: Paul Oswin – Silver Eye
Right: Gary Sauer-Thompson – Ruins, Mantyng SA