MORE than 100 artists and guests attended the HDG annual Exhibition opening at the Petrie Terrace Gallery in early October.
The Governor, Ms Penelope Wensley AC, again gave a thoughtful and animated speech, highlighting the history and the value of the Half Dozen Group of Artists.
Her Excellency was again complimentary of the standard of work in the show, highlighting the diversity of subject matter and style. She pointed to the Lambert Wall, pictured above, as a symbol of the group’s strength, with many different individual contributions combining to present a bold and engaging complete work.
ANNUAL EXHIBITION A SUCCESS
The Half Dozen Group’s Annual Exhibition was a great success, with good numbers of people viewing the show as well as healthy sales.
The Exhibition was one of the biggest yet, with 47 artists exhibiting, and over a hundred paintings displayed.
The Lambert Wall, which was on the theme, My Country, the Dorothea Mackellar poem, was a standout, with a very rich collection of work.
Member artists enjoyed the opportunity to work to a theme, and the resulting work was a rich tapestry of style and colour.
The show was opened by BBC Councillor Krista Adams, who commented on the quality of the work, and the importance of art groups like HDG to the community. She also said she would like to open our new premises when we move into the Quarry Rd Studio later this year.
Former Treasurer and Life member Tim Foley did a rendition of the featured poem on the night, which focused attention on the Wall.
The remainder of the exhibition showcased members work, including fine examples of landscapes, still life, nudes, and some abstract work.
This year, a highlight of the opening was the musical contribution from Momentum, Tim Foley’s choral group. After getting toes tapping with thoughtful renditions of Home, All that Jazz, and Africa, the group had the crowd in stitches as they performed their own version of The Lambert Wall, to the tune of Doing the Lambert Walk.
Sales were pretty strong considering the economic climate, and the exhibition drew a steady stream of visitors through the week.
Opening night was conducted on Friday 8th July and a great night was had by the large crowd in attendance. Cr Nicole Johnston officiated at the opening ceremony and was warmly welcomed by all. In her speech, Nicole provided a brief outline of the HDGA's history and emphasised the importance of the HDGA group to the community and of its contribution to the overall culture of the city. She also commended the wonderful work carried out by Anna Reynolds in her capacity as President of the HDGA.
Trevor Webb's fantastic culinery treats were also very much appreciated by members and guests.
The winner of the People's Choice was John Kelly for his oil painting "Sunrise at Streaky Bay SA". The public also favoured his paintings, "Flinders Range" and "Cattle in the Kimberleys SA".
Linda Olsen's Lambert Wall entry featuring an old Chinese lady, Ruth Jaskolski's "Pounce" and Helen Grant-Taylor's "Tilos" were also well appreciated by voters.