The ‘Jewels in the Landscape’ exhibition will open at Percolator Gallery in October.
The ‘Jewels in the Landscape’ exhibition will open at Percolator Gallery in October. Percolator Gallery

Artists capture jewels in the landscape for new exhibition

IMAGINE walking along the sand, the water lapping at your feet while the rising sun shines across Stradbroke Island towards Coochiemudlo island

Now imagine taking those shapes, colours, and even spirit home with you as an eternal memento.

That's what a group of mature-age artists have captured for their exhibition 'Jewels in the Landscape' at Brisbane's Percolator Gallery this October.

Millie Simic (painting), Janet Farley (painting) and sisters Elissa and Trish Miller (beading/jewellery) are all Southern Moreton Bay retirees who use the beauty of the natural landscape as inspiration for their artworks.

"It was just the other afternoon when I was walking that I saw these lovely patterns in the sand and thought 'how could you reproduce that in beading?'" Coochiemudlo Island artist Trish told Seniors News.

"What kind of beads would I use, what kind of stitch would I use, and how do I want it to finish up?

"Do I want it to be a piece of jewellery that someone could wear? Do I want it to be a statement piece? Or do I just want it to be a piece of art?

"So I'm inspired by the shapes, texture and colours."

The artists take inspiration from the landscapes of southern Moreton Bay, for instance, Trish Miller’s ‘Norfolk Track’, which was inspired by her walks on Coochiemudlo Island.
The artists take inspiration from the landscapes of southern Moreton Bay, for instance, Trish Miller’s ‘Norfolk Track’, which was inspired by her walks on Coochiemudlo Island. Trish Miller

Millie, the brainchild behind the exhibition, scoured the area for artists whose work captured the essence of the exhibition.

And Trish said it was quite "flattering" when she and her sister, who along with Lennie Henniker make up Bay Island Beads, were approached by the painter.

"(Millie) saw our work at one of the Coochiemudlo hand-made markets," Trish explained.

"We're not really crafters … it's not just threading beads onto a bit of string, it's really skilful work using a number of different techniques developed over many years.

"And as an artist, she recognised the difference between fine art and craft and, having in mind this exhibition, thought our work would fit in really well with her concept.

"So to be invited to exhibit at this level was quite exciting."

Trish said the artists, who have self-funded the exhibition, hope to really impress with their skills, style and passion.

And if it results in sales and commissions - all the better!

"I get pleasure from people, and I think the other women are the same, just walking around and going 'oh ah, oh ah, aren't they beautiful!' Trish said.

"There's been a real lot of satisfaction just from making the pieces, thinking about how they are going to be displayed and knowing people are going to come through and admire them.

The artists are honored to present their exhibition, 'Jewels in the Landscape', at the Percolator Gallery on 134 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane from October 2 to October 7.

A 'Meet The Artists' night will be held on Friday, October 5 from 6pm while a beading/jewellery workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 10.30am.

For more information, contact Percolator Gallery on 3352 4560.

JEWELS IN THE LANDSCAPE

Where: Percolator Gallery. Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane.

When: October 2 - October 7. 'Opening Night' is October 5.


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