Flowers will be in focus for the Bundaberg Regional Galleries curated Bloom exhibition which will include traditional and modern artwork alongside an exclusive mural.
The Bloom exhibition will open at Bundaberg Regional Gallery on Saturday 20 August.
Curated by Bundaberg Regional Galleries, Bloom celebrates the flower and will see a number of local artists featured, as well as exclusive pieces from the galleries collection and some from the private collections of locals.
Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the exclusive exhibition would have something for everyone, with the mix of contemporary and traditional art pieces.
“The exhibition lends a modern, playful filter to this more traditional subject matter,” Cr Learmonth said.
“As the exhibition is curated by our galleries team, and only able to be seen here in Bundaberg, I encourage everyone to take the chance to visit the gallery and see it for themselves.”
A specially painted wall mural will set the scene for the exhibition which will be created by local artist Jay Feather.
This painting will be put together on-site over a three-day period and symbolises the fleeting nature of flowers, as unlike the other permanent works on display, it will only be in bloom for the duration of the exhibition.
Bloom also gives a nod to the vibrant arts community that has long existed in Bundaberg, with the inclusion of works by Sheena Hazzard, Mark Dutney, Althea Deeley, Caryl Plant, Betty Searle, Frederick Bates and Ann Warnes – an artistic peerage of over five decades.
The pairing of Ellis Rowan watercolours from the late 19th century, with the hand-coloured ochre by Yuwi, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander artist, Dylan Mooney, or the exquisitely painted oils by John Honeywill, reminds the viewer of the ongoing fascination with flowers for artists across artforms, culture, and time.
The Bloom exhibition will be on from Saturday 20 August until Sunday, 16 October.
You can find out more about the upcoming exhibition here.