Bird – SALA Festival 2011


Red Poles Gallery, McMurtie Road, MacLaren Vale
Contact 08 8323 8994
23rd July – 4th Sept 2011

Opening times: Wed to Sun, 9am to 5pm

If you fancy a drive to MacLaren Vale, why not drop into Red Poles for the bird exhibition?

There is a great range of works in different media, from jewellery to painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, by a group of artists.

With 33 artist’s in this exhibition the works are too numerous to mention here, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise of you seeing this for yourself, but I will tempt your viewing palate with just a taste

Fran Callen’s speedily and sensitively drawn birds show an understanding of line and form that is exceptional and, if that is not enough, are gently infused with humour. The accuracy of character of the birds shows what a great artist can really achieve with vision and skill and will be an eye opener for the viewer that has not yet experienced her work.

The appropriately named Luna Bird has made bowlegged anthropomorphic sculptures from polymer clay, with an enticing tactile finish which would brighten up anyone’s day, and Dana Kinter’s chook paintings, with their delicate pencil threads with colour spots on wallpaper edged canvas, bring the chook yard into your home.

Kristy McChonchie’s beautifully made jewellery was a pleasure to behold and would be a pleasure to wear, with well-balanced elements and a very good finish.

All in all, this is a well balanced exhibition in good surroundings, well worth the trip and with the added bonus of the café restaurant onsite to encourage you to linger even longer.

Reviewed by Christine Pyman, Visual Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.

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