Gallery director Marj Sullivan provides the finishing touches to Japanese artist Yaeko Niitsu’s No No Hana art exhibition.
Gallery director Marj Sullivan provides the finishing touches to Japanese artist Yaeko Niitsu’s No No Hana art exhibition. Daniel Tweed

New exhibits set to fascinate

TWO FASCINATING exhibitions will be opening today at the Hervey Bay Regional Art Gallery.

No No Hana by Yaeko Niitsu is one of the exhibitions to go on display and will showcase indigo textile pieces from Maryborough’s sister city, Kasukabe, in Japan.

The collection expresses the changing season and natural beauty of native flora in the Tochigi Prefecture.

The second exhibition is called Grid II: Contemporary Craft in the Worldwide Grid.

Wide Bay artists were asked to respond to the theme “Worldwide Grid” and will display works that explore issues affecting the world today including the social, climatic, industrial and economic.

The challenge was to transform more traditional craft practices into cutting-edge contemporary expressions.

Trevor Spohr, the exhibition curator, said the artists had created some interesting pieces.

“I think so – they’re definitely one-offs.”

The artists had pushed the boundaries, Mr Spohr said, using inspiration from traditional craft to create contemporary art pieces.

Mr Spohr said Grid II was one exhibition where it would be of particular interest to observers to read the artist’s statement about the work.

Twenty-six artists contributed to the exhibition.



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