Art Trax: Pond Paintings in the Group Exhibition by Hidden Gems Artist Studios
This exhibition, at the Art Trax Gallery in Beaufort, features selected works by members of the Hidden Gems Artist Studios Group, which is based around Smythesdale, Haddon and Cambrian Hill. We normally open our studio galleries on the first weekend of each month (lockdowns allowing), but this is the first time we have exhibited together at the same venue.
My own artistic focus in this collection is upon water in our local landscapes. I derive inspiration for these works from the bush environment surrounding my studio gallery in Haddon, and the local countryside. To borrow from the description of my collection of environmental landscape works currently exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (in the ‘Nature Works’ group exhibition which runs until early October 2021):
Each painting begins with looking. That act of quiet, close observation is a meditative act, which pauses the business of the world, and feeds into the painting as it emerges. In her painting, Clarke aims for a strong representation of the places that have inspired them, as she tries to understand the language of the natural environment, and keep its forms and patterns, the shapes of trees, the activity of light, respectfully in view. But in all her works, there are also personal, abstract, expressive, imaginative and ornamental elements too.
These works are in acrylics on canvas. My work has been featured in various regional and metropolitan galleries for over a decade. I have twice been a finalist in the Flanagan Art Prize, and in the Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award. Further information is available from my website at www.stellaclarkestudiogallery.com, or by email at email@example.com.
In addition to my works shown here, you will find paintings by Kate Wise, original hand-coloured linocut prints by Vida Pearson, artisanal timber furniture by Fred Ross, indigenous art from the Raintree Art gallery, and ceramics by Barry Wemyss. We hope you can get along to the exhibition!