Blockbusters and other shows around Canberra this weekend

THE local blockbuster of the season, “Elioth Gruner:  the texture of light” continues until June 22, at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Elioth Gruner "Murrumbidgee Ranges" 1934

Elioth Gruner “Murrumbidgee Ranges” 1934

The exhibition includes 70 paintings, from the artist’s impressionist beachscapes and farmland views of the 1910s to the subtle and distinctive modernist landscapes of his maturity from the 1920s and 1930s, with a particular focus on Gruner’s visual explorations of the Canberra region: the Southern Highlands, the South Coast, Yass and the Murrumbidgee River valley, and the Cooma-Monaro plateau.  Open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and weekends: 12 – 5pm.


"Branching  Barracuda," by Tom Moore

“Branching Barracuda,” by Tom Moore

“The Tree” is a group exhibition featuring 25 Australian glass artists, all of whom have made work considering trees in their many forms.  Clare Belfrage, has curated the show after challenging Christine Atkins, Clare Belfrage, Lisa Cahill, Erin Conron, Alana Corr, Matt Curtis, Spike Deane, Tim Edwards, Alexandra Frasersmith, Mel George, Holly Grave, Jacqueline Gropp, Sui Jackson, Tom Moore, Laurie Young & Christian Arnold Nudibranch Art Glass, Emilie Patteson, Suzanne Peck, Kirstie Rea, Luna Ryan, Harriet Schwarzrock, Ben Sewell, Yusuke Takemura, Bridget Thomas, Belinda Toll and Melinda Willis to respond to the theme of the tree. This fascinating show runs at the Canberra Glassworks Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, until May 8. Wednesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM


Barbara Dawson "Residual Rainforest," mixed media print and drawing

Barbara Dawson “Residual Rainforest,” mixed media print and drawing

A work by Sue Scobie

A work by Sue Scobie

Strathnairn Arts is opening two shows simultaneously, this Saturday, April 5 at 4 PM – “Cloth, Paper, String – beyond eco prints”, prints, drawing and stitch exploring eco dyeing techniques by Jo Hollier and Barbara Dawson and  “Turangawaewae: a place to stand,” by  New Zealand artist, Sue Scobie. Both run at Strathnairn Gallery, Stockdill Drive, Holt, until April 27,  Fri to Sun 10-4.30pm


Sunpatch-Rocks, Tomakin by John Sharman

Sunpatch-Rocks, Tomakin by John Sharman

John Sharman is one of the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery’s most prolific artists, not only in terms of the large body of work he has produced during a professional career spanning some 35 years, but also in terms of sales, with his fans returning time and time again  to catch up with his latest artistic ventures into the Australian landscape. An pening and meet the artist event will take place in Octagon ArtSpace at the Wood Works this Saturday, April 5, from 2 PM. All welcome.


Detail from "Nightmare at Cooper Creek" by Robert Faulkner

Detail from “Nightmare at Cooper Creek” by Robert Faulkner

Tuggeranong Arts Centre is opening an exhibition of contemporary landscapes, portrait paintings and quirky observations by brothers Jim and Bob Faulkner this Thursday, April 3, with a speech at 5.30pm by John Mackay. The exhibition continues until April 30.


Artwork on skateboard by Messengers student, Isabel

Artwork on skateboard by Messengers student, Isabel

Then at 7 PM in studio 2 at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, there will be an exciting exhibition celebrating Youth Week with art works on repurposed skateboard decks. “Deck Art” features students from the Messengers program alongside top Canberra artists, who include  Alex Asch, Alexander Boynes, Robert Boynes, G W Bot, Mariana del Castillo, Curtis Glass, Ham Darroch, Anna Eggert, Geoff Filmer, Sara Freeman, Annika Harding, Peter Jordan, Julian Laffan, Ex de Medici, Bernie Slater, Helen Tiernan, Bruce Tunks, and ZOO Design’s John Ruman. The exhibition continues until April 17. The centre’s opening hours are Monday to Friday (9am-5pm).


Not content with just one exhibition, participants IN the Messengers Program are exhibiting their artworks in “The Mood Book,” showing at the Canberra Museum and Gallery from April 4-13. This National Youth Week 2014 exhibition stems from a 2013 initiative of Messengers youth worker Rebecca Hadley, who worked one-on-one with young people from local community centres on creating an image that expressed their mood.


Surface Studies detail, Jemima Parker

Surface Studies detail, Jemima Parker

“Mostly Unobserved” is  an exhibition of new drawings by 2013 Canberra Contemporary Art Space Studio resident Jemima Parker. It’s at CCAS’s 19 Furneaux Street, Manuka gallery from April 3-13. In her recent drawings Parker explores patterns and textures found in the urban environment as a result of age and disrepair. All are welcome to opening night at 6pm on Thursday, April 3, then again at 5pm on Sunday, April 13 a closing event before she paints over the drawing on the gallery wall with white paint. Opening hours Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 5pm Sunday.


Rick Everingham, "Little Church in Greece"

Rick Everingham, “Little Church in Greece”

Paintbox Fine Art has Rick Everingham’s exhibition, “Travelling on,” running at  32 Lonsdale St, Braddon from April 5-27,  11am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday. Everingham has spent most of the past two decades travelling, painting and living in Europe. Now a resident once more in Australia, his first exhibition at Paintbox records impressions and memories of his time in the Mediterranean.


Mimi King, "A Little Bird Told Me", 2013

Mimi King, “A Little Bird Told Me”, 2013

Children’s author, Mimi King, is presenting the original acrylic paintings which were produced by Lindy Longhurst especially for her  book, “A Little Bird Told Me”, Arts Lounge Belconnen Arts Centre , until April 17, 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri and 12pm-5pm, Sat-Sun. King will be offering children’s workshops and exhibition tours during the school holidays. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the exhibition.


Works by Jane Jermyn

Works by Jane Jermyn

Artist in residence at Watson Arts Centre, Jane Jermyn, is returning to Ireland soon. She  will have a studio exhibition and sale this weekend featuring works that she has created during her residency. Studio 3, 1 Aspinall Street, Watson, 4-7 PM, Friday, April 4 and 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6. Studio 3 is  at the back of the main building.

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