The Garden (show) of Earthly Delights

Gatya Kelly, 'Magnolia Florentina', detail, oil on canvas
Gatya Kelly, 'Magnolia Florentina', detail, oil on canvas

It was a perfect spring evening for the opening of Art Piece Gallery’s Garden Show – the scent of flowers filled the air, and the artworks were a cascade of colour and movement.  Catch it if you can – the exhibition ends next Friday, November 27.

Nadine Abensur’s Garden Show concept has been such a success that the gallery owner had to postpone the opening twice.  “It was originally intentded to feature just four artists,” says Abensur, “but it’s literally blossomed, and we’ve got over 20 local artists in the show.  I love the fact that we have experienced artists such as as Rose McKinley, Robyn Sweaney and Emma Walker alongside the budding talents of Byron School of Art student Sharon Whittle, and papercut artists Sabine Brosche.”

As well as the artwork on the walls Abensur asked visitors to bring along a flower to place in the gallery, and the result was an organic flower installation, which spilled out into the street, and over the table where Abensur’s own floral contribution, a massive cyndrical floral cake, and the extraordinary creations from Melon as Anything ( – along with peach-infused champagne, kept the floral theme happening.

It’s been a busy year for Northern Rivers artists and Verandah Magazine and Art Piece Gallery would like to congratulate Celia Morgan for being named a finalist in the Wynne Prize(with a landscape painting, first shown at art piece gallery); Robyn Sweaney for being highly commended in The Paddington Art Prize; Hilary Hermann for First prize in painting in The Coraki Art Prize; Di Ingram for First Prize in drawing in The Coraki Art Prize; Sharon Wittle for Second Prize in drawing in The Coraki Art Prize.

Art Piece Gallery is in Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby.  Phone: 6684 3446. For more information about these and other artists in The Garden Show, go to artpiecegallery

To see more of Melon as Anything’s edible sculpture work and details on their wedding and event catering call: 0431 565 414 or go to: melonasanything



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