HAVE you ever seen a painting in an art gallery and thought “I wonder what this is about?”
If so, here is the opportunity to discover “the art”.
The Nambucca Valley Art Appreciation Group aims to give members insight and context into the history of famous Australian artwork and guidelines on how to approach paintings .
The group has grown in numbers in the Nambucca Valley over the past ten years and now has over 80 members.
The current course focuses on ‘Australian Art and Social History’.
“We examine the work of acclaimed artists and consider their works in relation to the social history of the times in which they lived,” said Marlene Griffin, Nambucca Valley Art Appreciation Group.
“Many of these artists led colorful lives and we explore their experiences and exploits.
“There is often a humorous, entertaining and sometimes outrageous element to the life story of many of these artists,” Marlene said.
Australia’s very first artist John Lewin somehow missed the sailboat from England to Australia and his poor wife sailed into the unknown without him.
It took another two years before the couple were reunited and could begin to paint the flora and fauna of this strange land.
Before the Covid-19 restrictions, members of the art appreciation group enjoyed face-to-face meetings.
Currently, members share the course via email with artwork images sent to members in each mailing.
A mailing is sent to members every two weeks.
The course is free for anyone who wishes to register.
Marlene said the Group has big things planned for the coming year.
“Our first artist of 2022 will be one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists,” said Marlene.
“He is often known as the ‘Master of gum trees’.
“You have most likely guessed that it is Hans Heysen.
“We will follow this with an equally interesting story of her most famous daughter; Australia’s first female war artist and the first female artist to win the Archibald Prize – Nora Heysen,” said Marlene.
Group members may participate by giving their views on particular artists or artworks, but there is no obligation to respond to mailings.
You can just enjoy the stories and hopefully get inspired by them.
For more information or to join the course, email Marlene Griffin at [email protected].