Crescendo art exhibition at Dickson

sepi 28 August 2009

ANCA Gallery in Dickson is packed with vibrant artworks this week. Four artists have made work exploring the relationship between humanity and nature. ANCA (Australian National Capital Artists) provides studio space for local artists.

The Crescendo exhibition is made up of deep blue photographs, grey-green ceramics, bright grid-locked canvasses and even a saxophone soundscape.

Many of these works are quite affordable for original art, with prices from 110.00 up to 580.00. With father’s day next week it might be worth a trip to Dickson. There are also fine porcelain tulips for 20.00 each – lovely with a tealight inside for a special father’s day dinner.

Maryke Henderson has made tall ceramic vessels in lichen and wood tones, reflecting the threatened Murray River Red Gum. Derek Ross has contributed one-off photographs of watery ripples in brilliant blue, focussing on colour and tone over detail.

Cathy Paver has painted images of organised chaos – a bit like giant circuit boards, softened in an art-deco dream. And Sam Paver has made a soundscape in collaboration with other passionate saxophonists.

The exhibitions’s theme of our ongoing struggle to harness or protect nature could be depressing, but the artworks themselves are colourful and joyful. It is great to see the sunny ANCA gallery brimming with colour and life.

This is a lovely show, with several pieces I would take home if I had the space to put them. And there are plenty of red spots on the wall next to the art, showing that a lot of pieces have been snapped up already.

This is probably not one for young children as there are ceramics as tall as a toddler, accessible at floor level. Small prams would fit ok, and there are no steps at the entrance. Parking outside is free.

Please note that the person minding the gallery is most likely one of the artists, so if you don’t like the art, wait til you get outside to say so.

Crescendo continues to 6 September, at ANCA Gallery Rosevear Pl Dickson (off Antill St, near the oval).
The Gallery is open Wed-Sun from 12-5.00.

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