This exhibition can be viewed at six different locations starting this month, each location showing one of the six works produced by each of the artists.
Victoria Square Adelaide
Opens Thursday 18 Feb 6.00pm by Dr Jane Lomax-Smith
Concludes June 15
The Prairie Hotel
Cnr. High St., & West Tce., Parachilna
Opens Fri 19 Feb 6pm by Russell Starke
Concludes March 22
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
3 Mary Elie St., Port Pirie
Opens Saturday 20 Feb 2pm by Brenton Vanstone, Mayor Port Pirie
Concludes March 14
Penny’s Hill Winery
Main Rd. McLaren Vale
Opens Saturday 20 Feb 2pm by Simon Cameron, Chairman of the Friends of The Heysen Trail
Concludes May 19
Greenhill Galleries Adelaide
140 Barton Tce West, North Adelaide
Opens Sunday 21 Feb 11am by Dr. Peter Heysen, grandson of Sir Hans Heysen
Concludes March 16.
The New Fleurieu Cultural Centre (formally Signal Point)
Opens Sunday 21 Feb 3pm
Concludes April 6.
The Heysen Trail exhibition will start its journey at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide on the 18 February. John Whitney, who had heard of a similar event in the UK ten years ago called ‘The Roman Road Exhibition’, instigated the exhibition. Russel Starke, Director of Greenhill Galleries, was to bring the idea to reality and chose The Heysen Trail.
Six months ago 25 artists were chosen to work on the project. The brief was to create works, with a minimum of 6 pieces each, from their inspiration in interpreting the landscape along the trail. They were to walk the walk of Sir Hans Heysen, one of the great South Australian artists, who lived and painted in The Cedars at Hahndorf. One can visit and see his studio where he lived, surrounded by his beautiful subjects; gum trees and the landscape.
The media were invited to preview the works to be exhibited in the project. I was mesmerised by the stacks of paintings, from very large to small, stacked along the walls of the gallery. The diverse works are a testimony to our multifaceted perception of the landscape.
Mary Wagstaff’s unique approach is by using colours that, when placed together, have an atmospheric and poetical sense of place which draws the viewer into the work via gates and roadways.
Kate Fitzgerald has approached the project by looking beyond the landscape and producing large works of fruits, depicted larger than life, that are grown along the way on the trail. Fitzgerald wanted to involve the ‘community of growers’ who are the custodians of the trail and keep it alive for our enjoyment, but also for future generations. Having grown up on a farm she knows of the incredible hard work in maintaining the land for fruit to arrive at our markets and tables.
Phillip Pike uses subdued, misty colours which create the feeling of everything merging together, as if a breeze was rustling trees and ground cover. This is a technique that he has developed over the years and continues to search and explore.
Lise Temple uses bold brush strokes, creating a lively abstract with an impression of the landscape. The paintings show meandering roads bending and turning in a rhythmic movement, with clouds sweeping above giveing a feeling of a morning journey.
Roland Weighte has large paintings of veiled landscapes, enhancing a soft atmospheric view.
Coralie Armstrong continues her signature work of representing the landscape in brush marks of colour, which can be appreciated at any distance from the work.
These works will be distributed and displayed at the six galleries along the trail. All are welcome to the openings.
The artists will be attending a special dinner in the Victoria Room, Hilton Hotel, Victoria Square, Adelaide, Tuesday 7.30pm 18 February 2010.
$10 from every ticket sold will benefit the Leukaemia Foundation. Tickets $105 per person. Bookings are essential by Friday 12 February. Call Juli on 8237 0633. You are welcome to join the artists in this event, which will be fun and informative. The guest speaker will be Warren Bonython, Father of the Heysen Trail.
Reviewed by Glam Adelaide Visual Arts Critic, Gina De Pieri Salvi