‘Curators Choice’ at Moree Plains Gallery

RESIDENTS have the chance to view artworks that are part of Moree Plains Gallery (MPG) permanent collection until mid March.

The exhibit was hand picked by MPG’s curator Hannah Williamson.

“Normally in the January and February months the town is quiet, we don’t get many touring shows. We find that it’s a great opportunity to show off the collection we have that you don’t normally see through the year, that’s hidden away,” she said.

“I have chosen a particular themes landscape in our collection. I wanted to show that landscape doesn’t have to be a picture of field with a tree. I wanted to show differences in landscape from more traditional ones that you associate with, but the contemporary aboriginal works that are landscape but don’t adhere to the western ideas of what landscape is.

“It was to broaden everyone’s mind, to see that it can be different.”

The exhibit includes works for four artists that live in and around Moree or landscapes of Moree.

“We wanted to show that we do have a strong collection of art and that you are able to come in and learn something about landscape painting. Also, to see how Moree is represented differently in different styles artists choose to paint.”

The gallery also has a number of exhibitions planned for the coming year, including works by Michael Riley who takes strong portraits of local people. The ‘Moffitt Collection will also be touring, it is a series from a cartoonist who creates historical works. A western Queensland artist, Peta Warner will also be showing graphite drawings in the exhibit ‘The Keeper, Memories of a rural life’.

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