Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Galleries Play Vital Roles in Setting Scene for Exhibitions

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Galleries Play Vital Roles in Setting Scene for Exhibitions

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GALLERY spaces don't necessarily "make or break" an exhibition, but some can certainly enhance artwork by thoughtful presentation and astute exhibition design.

Smaller galleries, however, can use the challenge of their spatial limitations in ways that complement an artist's work.

The newly opened 53 Russell Gallery is an appealing, spacious venue that is presenting a series of one-person exhibitions that can be appreciated individually yet collectively contribute to an exciting, if eclectic ambience.

At street level are colourful decorator sorties that include boldly chromatic statements by Kym Breeze and Sharyn Stephenson, dramatic masks and urban tribal fairies by Carla Clayton, and designer mirrors by Kerin Carew.

Upstairs another series of exhibitions includes miniature photographs on the theme of orange by Alex Isaacson, Chelsie Luck's manipulated imagery starring her brood of alter egos, Lesley Spring's precisely detailed wildlife studies, and Peta Warner's exploration of the box as a vessel of containment.

Particularly impressive are the rich, velvety graphite works by Tina Cherry that expose environmental concerns, the seductive integration of art and science by Julie Thomas, and Daniel Qualischefski's petite porcelain pebbles set against his minimalist painterly gestures.

Tosari Galleries, 4 Margaret Street, offer a welcoming world of colour, fantasy, and the fantastic.

Currently they are featuring work by the Utopia Women's Painting Collective.

The canvases are large, vibrant, and full of rhythmic light patterns. Drawing on traditional mark-making techniques, but translating these into contemporary statements of place, the works by Sacha Long Petyarre, Anna Price Petyarre, and Judy Purvis Kngwarreye are joyful celebrations of nature. …

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