Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Artists and Animals

The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham has sold and will be changing hands in November but before it does, its last lot of shows start this week and it's one for the boys - sculptor and artist Darren Gilbert, Eltham artist (and one half of Bulleen Art & Garden's creative owner duos) Lachlan Plain and Warrandyte-based artist Phil Sayers.  Their shows respectively titled Monkey Tail Collection 8, Pedro Piscator and other tales, and Tableaux Melbourne open this Thursday and run until Sunday 28 September.  Entry is free and official opening drinks with the artists will be held this Sunday from 2 - 4pm at the gallery.  I've been sworn to secrecy about what will happen come November suffice to say that the gallery will stay a venue of some kind - when I can reveal more - I will let you know except to say that exciting moves are afoot.
I am a cat I am by Pamela Irving
Also opening this week is Melbourne artist Pamela Irving's Doggerel Dreams at Montsalvat, also in Eltham.  Pamela's best known for her Larry the Dog sculpture in the city square and I've had the pleasure of visiting Pamela in her Bentleigh studio complete with real life dog!  She's also completed a number of works at Luna Park in St Kilda if you get a chance to venture to the other side of town.  Her official opening is this Saturday from 2 - 4 pm in the Barn and Long galleries with her exhibition of mosaics, assemblages and paintings fusing nonsense and humour showing until 2 November.
Man and bird by Pamela Irving
Finally, speaking of animal loving artists, Montmorency-based Rona Green is also showing her prints (along with a number of other Australian and NZ-based artists) at Near Neighbours which also opens this Saturday 6 September and runs until Sunday 28 September at St Heliers Street Gallery at the Abbotsford Convent.  Rona has also co-curated the exhibition with Paulette Robinson and the official opening drinks and nibbles will run from 2 - 4 pm on Saturday.

Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant

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