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Orphic - Brooke Munro & Maria Gorton

The SHAC - The Southern Highlands Artisans Collective - is hosting ‘Orphic’, an exhibition of paintings by Maria Gorton and weaving sculptures by resident sculptor Brooke Munro in The SHAC Gallery.

Australia’s pre-eminent artist Ben Quilty will officially open the exhibition on Friday 1 November, in conjunction with the invitation-only launch of the Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail, held for the first time at The SHAC.

‘Orphic’ means mysterious and entrancing; beyond ordinary understanding.

Gorton, who has exhibited locally and internationally for over 17 years, has been a finalist in the Wynne, Blake and Portia Geach art prizes.

Says Gorton: “Personally I hope my work resonates in the mysterious. In fact even though I’m fully present - armed with oil paint, canvas and brush. What evolves, is more than not, a mystery to me.”

Munro is a resident artist at The SHAC, whose work has been featured in major national lifestyle magazines including covers of Country Style, Inside Out and Home Beautiful. She also has a huge social media profile.

Says Munro: “Working with Maria is taking my work into hitherto unforeseen territory. Using the darkest end of the palette has re-opened my eyes to the pleasing delineation of light and dark, black and white and its’ effect on perception of form. I want the pieces contained within Orphic to remain in the mind as a curiosity, tangible and yet intangible at the same time.”

The ’Orphic’ exhibtion will contnue daily from 10am to 4pm at The SHAC Gallery until Monday November 25.

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Earlier Event: October 11
Lily Cummins Exhibition