Presented by Artisan Custom Framing & Gallery
Reviewed 11 April 2016
It’s not often you head down to South Road for an art exhibition, but if you do this month I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
Artisan Custom Framing & Gallery, run by the lovely Leeza Peters and Peter Bates, are currently holding their first group exhibition, Now!, a collection of original works by local and emerging artists.
There’s some awesome talent and promise on display in this small, homely and slightly noisy space. Most of the front of the store has been turned over into gallery space, allowing for ample room to stretch out and explore. The friendly owners are also up for a chat!
Some of the eye-catching highlights of the exhibition include deeply detailed acrylic works by Geoffrey Stapleton, which offer new surprises with every viewing, a large, flowing abstraction of oils by Lynda Duke and a metallic nest-like sculpture by Gerry McMahon that you could imagine as the home for some rusty, robotic bird.
Liz Powley’s Magenta Mist (Expressions of Colour Series – Shattered No7) is a paper and acrylic mosaic explosion of colour. It shimmers under varnish as if it were made of glass or crystal. Maureen Prichard’s Grandmother Series #13 and #14 are spectacular still-life miniatures that really seem to capture the cosy serenity of grandma’s house.
Owner and curator Leeza Peters also put her own work up for display, two copper wire creations that exude a strange warmth. Her piece Heard it on the Grapevine, is particularly lovely. It is a decorative grape-vine wrapped around with copper wire, an interesting blend of rustic technology and nature.
All in all, Now! is a simple exhibition that could only exist thanks to the collaboration of our many talented, emerging artists. It’s really heartening to see so many people, most not too well known in the wider arts sphere, put on a nice show in the middle of one of Adelaide’s most busy and semi-industrial neighbourhoods.
Reviewed by James Rudd
Venue: Artisan Custom Framing & Gallery, 1099 South Road, Melrose Park
Season: 3 April – 2 May