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The Manning Regional Art Gallery opens the doors to three exciting new exhibitions by world-renowned artists starting this Friday, January 28. change and sustain the culture of First Nations women,” said Deb Tuckerman, Director of Growth, Economic Development and Tourism for the MidCoast Council. Women in Color traveled from Sydney-based company Cooee Art. The exhibition includes the work of several acclaimed female First Nations artists, including Dibirdibi Country by renowned Kaiadilt artist, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori. Carol’s Garden is a series of drawings and paintings by Jacqueline Balassa, inspired by her daily walk in the bush of Middle Harbor in Sydney. When the closures disrupted Balassa’s original plan to create a body of work from a trip to the MacDonnell Ranges, she found inspiration closer to home. She says: “During my walk, I pass through my neighbor Carol’s wild garden, a remnant of native rainforest… and I decided to try to draw this very special place.” What should I fix it with? features artists, Anya Pesce, Corinne Brittain, Eleanor Er, Kerry MacAulay and Elke Wohlfahrt, from the Sydney Art Exchange. In line with their mission “to encourage reflection, observation and conversation around art”, this work explores the role of masks in the search for protection against climate-related disasters, such as bushfires. It ultimately challenges the viewer to reflect on the inadequacy of the mask in the face of the existential threat of climate change and highlights the need to find real solutions. “We are very proud to bring these important exhibits to our gallery,” Ms. Tuckerman said. “We know the community appreciates the opportunity to see works by nationally recognized artists right here in our area.” We look forward to welcoming you to the MidCoast Council Regional Gallery soon, she said. The 2022 program is packed with exciting exhibitions, performances and events, showcasing works by emerging and established artists, high profile traveling exhibitions and curated works. To keep everyone safe, masks and recordings are essential and you are encouraged to socially distance while you immerse yourself in these wondrous works. The exhibitions will continue until Saturday March 19 and admission is free. Visit the gallery’s website to find out more Home – Manning Regional Art Gallery ( Did you know? Great Lakes Advocate online subscribers not only have 24/7 access to local and national news, sports, current affairs and entertainment, but they also have access to our print edition in digital format, with all advertisements and classifieds at your fingertips.



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