Being fifty-something, I love an exhibition opening. I love any excuse to get together and celebrate creativity.
Unfortunately, we missed the opening night festivities for the debut Geelong Illustrators exhibition, intriguingly titled “The night has a thousand eyes”.
Knowing that the Geelong Illustrators collective is replete with talented local artists, My Girl and I were determined to check out the exhibition during its two-week run at the Meraki Gallery at Courthouse Arts (Geelong).
My Girl and I popped along on Thursday morning and were rewarded with a brilliant and diverse collection of works on paper, beautifully framed and presented in this gallery space. Here are some “detail” shots we snapped purely to tease you:
What is Geelong Illustrators?
By their own reckoning: “Geelong Illustrators is a small collective of young artists from Geelong & surrounds, designed to be a platform for illustrative artists to collaborate and inspire through group exhibitions, meets, mutual support and crafternoons. We aim to inspire each other to high standards of creativity with zero pretentiousness.”
“Geelong Illustrators is the brainchild of three artsy ladies – Morgan Connoley, Jenna Ramondo and Laura Alice – whose love of inky, story-telling pictures and dreams of a collaborative community unfurled into this fledgling project. The idea came with the realization that Geelong had a strong group of amazing illustrative artists whose talent remain untapped.”
Pretty smart, eh? And, yes, amazingly talented across an eclectic range of styles. Inspiring. Envy-inducing. Following their hearts. Sigh.
You might recall Morgan Connoley as the artist who inspired Jae and I to this opening at Boom Gallery Geelong.
I hear that “The night has a thousand eyes” exhibition has been extended for a week, until Friday June 21st. If you’re in Geelong and you get a chance to pop in to Meraki Gallery, I promise you won’t be disappointed. And you’ll be supporting local artistic talent that definitely deserves our attention.
Leave yourself time for a coffee and snack at The Courthouse Café, right on the fringe of Geelong’s arts precinct. Perhaps make of day of it and wander through the Geelong Gallery (it’s free, too) and their well-stocked Gallery Shop, swing past the Geelong Performing Arts Centre to see what’s on for the season and then check out progress on the much-talked-about library development. Too easy!
And if you’re not in Geelong, why not get out there and see what talent is lurking in the arts precinct in your town? You might even turn up an opening night to swan around at with fellow art lovers.