Our February activity was lecture by Bryony Nainby on Aboriginal Art currently on exhibition at the gallery. Bryony was able to bring the exhibition alive with her well-presented lecture and knowledge of aboriginal art and the audience responded enthusiastically. The artwork in the exhibition is from a number of artists from three separate regions of Northern Australia and whilst some of paintings do have images and styles that could be seen to be overlapping or classed as similar, the three regions consider themselves to have separate styles. Some are semi figurative. The Bungle Bungles are obvious in one artist’s work. Others have symbols obviously meant to produce images the viewer will recognise. Some have images of totem animals that are distorted into surreal shapes. Others have symbols that are not meant to convey any meaning at all but have been produced simply for arts sake. Some show figurative images depicting everyday human activities.
On a final note, each month Art Appreciation group members make a donation when attending the sessions arranged with Shanley Cleeland and other Gallery staff. The group's collection for 2015 of $459.00 has now been donated to the Gallery.