Artists Hilary Wakeling, Kate Bray and Malissa Johnson takes visitors back to when the old curiosity shops, filled with wondrous and exotic objects were a source of entertainment for the whole family. The works are the basis for a Curios exhibition being staged at the Old Schoolhouse gallery from April 5 for the month of April.
Despite describing herself as primarily an acrylic and watercolour painter, Ms Wakeling said she enjoyed experimenting with cut paper, mixed media sculpting and working with handmade books. The theme 'Curios' has allowed her to be more playful than usual, with some surprising results.
Ms Bray said she enjoyed the experimentation and play in art making, often using unconventional media to make pieces. Ms Bray looked to what she could create from what was around her studio in her work.
Ms Johnson uses multiple media in her jewellery. For this exhibition she has been inspired by curiosity in the natural world and how things are made. By using her familiar media in curious ways and combining this with her other creative pursuits Ms Johnson promises a showcase of surprising creations along with her eye-catching jewellery.
The exhibition will be launched with an afternoon tea with the artists from 4.30pm on Saturday, April 6.
The gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am to 4.30pm at 124-126 Shore Street North, Cleveland. Entry is free and there is wheelchair access and off-street parking.
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