Three local artists are getting ready to exhibit work at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie.
Sue Bell and Jann Kesby have collaborated to create Two Obsessions an exhibition showcasing their distinctly unique but intertwined art along with Jackie Deane and her exhibition titled Drift.
Both exhibitions open on Friday, March 22, sharing the third floor gallery space at the Glasshouse.
Two Obsessions is a collaborative exhibition with Ms Bell and Ms Kesby each exploring and responding to their 'obsessions' with domestic and or much loved objects.
Whether it is in the making or the collecting, these two artists, through their medium of choice explore how these objects can create a sense of place and become part of the tapestries of daily lives.
"Jann and I have been collaborating for a while and over the last four years we have worked together a number of times including on a project at Shelly Beach," Ms Bell said.
"My work incorporates some of Jann's pieces and vice versa so we saw it as a natural progression to exhibit together."
Ms Bell said the exhibition titles Two Obsessions is in part a reflection on the fact that artists tend to get obsessive when it comes to their art.
"We are both obsessive about our art in different ways, Jann is obsessed with ceramics and I am with painting," she said.
"The exhibition is a combination of us coming together artistically and literally. I use some of her early work in my painting and she does the same."
Drift is the second exhibition on display in the space from local artist Jackie Deane, about her lifelong connection to water.
The exhibition will take the audience on a journey from the mountains and rivers to our local salt air seascapes.
Ms Deane has been an artist and art tutor for over 30 years and during that time she has successfully exhibited, winning many awards throughout NSW with works in private collections both nationally and internationally.
"My exhibition is really a snapshot of my life from when I lived in the mountains to now when I live near the ocean," Ms Deane said.
"I have also had a strong connection to water and the exhibition really tells that story.
"I am a classic landscape artist and in my mind I want people to drift through the different times or stages in my life."
Ms Deane said she hoped the exhibition was able to relate to people as many have connections to water.
"On the coast the ocean is something most people see everyday but even inland rivers and streams are vitally important," she said.
Ms Bell and Ms Kesby are also delivering an artist talk in the gallery on Saturday, March 23, and are encouraging people to come and chat to them in person.
"Jann and I are giving an artist talk in the gallery on Saturday and we would love people to come along and talk to us," Ms Bell said.
"We will be talking specifically about some of our pieces and how we do our art along with being on hand to answer any questions people have."
The artist talks are free but bookings are essential. Call the Glasshouse on 6581 8888 to secure your spot.
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