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Bridge Arts exhibition is a testament to rural strength
A Murray Bridge-based community art group has works on show at Bremerton Wines, at Langhorne Creek, this month.
Bridge Arts is a community-based art group whose members work out of a studio situated in the old railway train control building in Murray Bridge.
Members of Bridge Arts have produced works reflecting the richness and strength of rural life in an exhibition called Rural Strength, which is running from March 2 to this Saturday, April 29, at Bremerton Wines, Langhorne Creek.
The century-old stone walls of the original barn at the winery provide the ideal background on which to display these art works by epitomising the rustic theme of this exhibition.
All these works tell a story – of the strength and resilience of the people, the colours and composition of the land and the animals and machinery used on farms, depicting the regional areas of the land.
The 13 artists exhibiting use a variety of mediums and styles.
Jane Mason’s bold acrylic works of a red heeler and colourful tree, both identifying as true country.
Audrey Van Den Heuvel’s acrylics of sheep and other rural scenes depict early farming days.
The detailed works of textile artist Sue Piggott comprise dyed fabric and delicate stitching with natural native flora and items found on her farm.
There is a rustic feel to Pamela Gillen’s works, which use found objects of steel and wire together with earthy colours.
Sue Foster’s brightly coloured acrylic of wine barrels typifies the local wine-growing area.
A more parched landscape has been depicted in Jane Bormann’s detailed acrylic work.
Anita Millsteed has captured the country theme with her lifelike acrylic of a blue heeler dog and a rural scene.
Kerry Wilson’s acrylic works of an early tractor and pair of well-worn boots illustrate stories of farm days gone by.
Valerie Sparrow’s acrylic work portrays an idyllic rural scene of a farmhouse and magpies.
Shazz Secker has captured the delicate colours of wheat stalks in her watercolour.
Stephanie Evans’ whimsical works of sheep and vehicles display a different aspect of country life.
Hayley Griffiths shows confidence in her large acrylic work, portraying the depth of rural strength with the show of support found in a handshake, a well-travelled road, pondering the future, and the majestic eagle.
All works on display are for sale, and the exhibition will continue until this Saturday at Bremerton Wines, Langhorne Creek.
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