Exhibition Openings | Up River and S.E.E

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Exhibition Openings | Up River and S.E.E; Strange, Endangered and Eternal

Friday 9 April 6pm

Friends of the Gallery and the Manning Regional Art Gallery are pleased to host our next exhibitions. Join us in opening exhibitions from Rod Spicer 'Up River' and  Susan Ryman + Prue Sailer + Lauren Potts with S.E.E: Strange, Endangered and Eternal. BOOK TICKETS NOW

Rod Spicer’s contemporary works encapsulate the light, beauty and mood of the Australian landscape. Reminiscent of Streeton or McCubbin, the canvases of lush paint, fluid brushstrokes and striking colour evoke admiration and awe of our natural landscape. Rod’s mastery of his medium is evident with bold use of colour, capturing the mood and light of the changing times and seasons. Spicer’s works transcend time and explore the mythology of landscape, often stirring sensations and emotions in the viewer. 'Up River' is set to celebrate colour in a suite of new works, exploring past themes and embracing new aspects of Rod’s oeuvre.

Rod has lived in the Manning Valley for many years and is well known for his beautiful paintings of the local area, from the bush to the coast. Exhibiting regularly in the Hunter Valley and Sydney, his works are included in many private and corporate collections.

S.E.E: strange, endangered and exposed presents works that respond to our immediate environment, inviting contemplation about the fragile nature of existence. 

Strange: Susan Ryman transforms refuse into beautiful dancing ghosts, harbingers of our cultural disregard for so many precious things, including our fellow humans. Her images are precisely drawn using a technically laborious layering of coloured pencil and sealed with varnish; 

Endangered: Prue Sailer’s paintings invite the viewer to engage with endangered species of NSW through the reciprocal gaze, fostering a purposefully intimate realisation of the price of extinction; 

Eternal: Lauren Potts’ luminous and expressive drawings ask much more than they reveal. Honest yet mysterious, they reflect the very human desire to find meaning and understanding. 

The artists are connected through their backgrounds in Fine Art and postgraduate studies in Natural History Illustration (NHI) from the University of Newcastle. This discipline requires intensive study of our immediate world and, through technical rigour, seeks to simultaneously inform, inspire and question the nature of existence. 


This is a fundraising event for the Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, come along and support the artists.

Due to changes in COVID-19 restriction number are no longer limited, it should be (mostly) like old times. 

Please do not come to the opening if you are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone who may have, or has been exposed to, COVID-19.

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  • Friday, 09 April 2021 | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM


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