Three artists who delight in experimenting with ways to explore our connections with nature feature at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in an exhibition that runs until August 12.
John Bennett’s photographs captured in ‘First Light – from Eos to Helios’ explores Eos, the half-hour before sunrise when light starts to flood the night sky and gives us some sense of a wondrous and beautiful experience we all share with our ancient forebears.
Jenni Catt’s ‘Melting into the Sun’ uses watercolours to meditate on the life force, probing the transience of life and evoking strong empathy for the vulnerable subjects of her paintings.
Angela Tay uses multiple media to observe the ever-changing dramas of ebbing tides in ‘Ebb Tides’. Experimenting with ink, watercolours, video and sculpture, her work is as unpredictable as each visit to the beach.
There is something for everyone when it comes to the public programmes associated with this exhibition including:
- Saturday July 22, 2 – 4pm: Artist talk and demonstration with Angela Tay. Join Angela for a demonstration of her painting process which is very similar to ebbing tides surging and retreating. Cost: FREE. Booking essential.
- Thursday August 10, 6 – 8pm: Eos with John Bennett. Join exhibiting artist, award-winning poet and ABC Radio National regular John Bennett as he takes you through the experience he calls Eos. Eos refers to new beginnings as light starts to overwhelm the darkness. The experience of Eos is a fundamental part of the process of John’s photographic works. Cost: FREE. Booking essential.
- Saturday August 12, 10:30 – 11:30am: Eos Shared morning tea with John Bennett. Artists, writers, thinkers and nature lovers are invited to join John for a morning tea on the final day of the exhibition to share and discuss their own experiences of Eos. Bring your work to share or just join in the discussion about your feelings, thoughts and inspiration derived from the solitary period at the beginning of each new day. Cost: FREE. Booking essential.
For further information on the events and how to book, please go to www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/gallery