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ilovebrokenhill.com , was first published on 8 December 2011 by Jane Deany. My blog is all about the famous outback Australian National Heritage Listed City named Broken Hill, located in the state of New South Wales. I first visited #BrokenHill in 2002 and have returned many times since then. ilovebrokenhill.com will help you discover what's great about this historic mining city, where in the mid 1880's the line of lode, a rich ore body of silver, lead and zinc was found. You will find stories about anything related to Broken Hill.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Broken Hill's Gaara Arts open the Archies exhibition tonight - GeoCentre

Gaara Arts artist Jenny Cattonar with one of her entries
in the show. It's a painting of all five of the famous
Broken Hill art group the 'Brushmen of the Bush'
Image courtesy of 'Barrier Daily Truth', by Darrin Manuel
Art Scene / Community Event
Broken Hill's all women art group Gaara Arts are hosting another exhibition which opens tonight at the GeoCentre, aka the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum

The 'Archies' exhibition, is similar to the 'Archibald Prize'* in that there will be portraits of local Broken Hill identities. It's not a competition but will showcase the talents of Broken Hill Gaara artists, as well as other local artists who were welcome to submit art-work(s).

* The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

Well known non Gaara artists who are exhibiting include Geoff De Main and Robert (Bob) Groves. Annie Learoyd, is another non Gaara exhibitor.

Related memorabilia will also be on display.

Some of the artworks are for sale.

The exhibition will be opened by Broken Hill City Council's General Manager - Therese Manns.

Details of that exhibition are -

Where:     Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum aka GeoCentre

Address:   Corner Crystal and Bromide Streets, Broken Hill

Time:       Opens 6.30 pm tonight and refreshments will be available.

GeoCentre opening hours:  10am - 4.45pm Monday - Friday
                                      1pm - 4.45 pm weekends

Dates:      5 April - 4 May 2014
Jenny Cattonar's "Brushmen of the Bush" 1990
140cm x 110cm, POA, image supplied by the artist.

There are many talented artists in Broken Hill, I've written about some of them over the last few years.

Gaara members whom I've met include Jenny Cattonar, Deirdre Edwards, Betty Pearson, Maureen Clark, Robyn Taylor (the recently re-elected President of the group), Jan Allison, Marguerite Bennett, Phyllis Ragenovich and Dawn Myree.

I've also met Geoff De Main, and I've been to Bob Groves home studio and interviewed him. See link here to that post dated 7 December 2012. He's the president of the other major art group in Broken Hill - Willyama Art Society.

I hope you enjoy the exhibition. It sounds like a lot of fun. Although I don't think I can make it, I have seen at least one of the entries, and that's the painting of the "Brushmen of the Bush" by Jenny Cattonar, pictured. It's a significant piece and Jenny is a very talented artist, and a lovely lady as well.

Cheers, Jane Deany

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