8 July 2022

New exhibition celebrates Murrumbidgee River flora and fauna

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Printmakers Christina Reid, Liz Perfect and Juanita McLauchlan launch their collaborative exhibition at the Wagga Art Gallery. Photo: Wagga Art Gallery.

Well-known Wagga printmakers have collaborated to present a new exhibition at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery showcasing the flora and fauna of the Murrumbidgee River.

Christina Reid, Liz Perfect and Juanita McLauchlan will open Light in Shadow on Friday 8 July in the Art Gallery’s E3 space.

Through various printmaking techniques, the exhibition celebrates the local living environment of the Wagga river precinct and explores the space as a shared experience for the people, flora and fauna.

The exhibition also observes the tension between elements (flora and fauna), celebrates resilience, mourns the loss, honours the marks left in their wake and offers the printmakers’ unique insights into a special environment and its surroundings.

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Art Gallery director Doctor Lee-Anne Hall said the Gallery is excited to present the collaborative exhibition.

“Nurtured in the print studios at TAFE Riverina in Wagga Wagga, this exhibition is a fine example of collaborative artist practice where artists share the making of the artwork, alongside the environmental ideas and concerns,” Dr Hall said.

Printmaker Christina Reid said all the artists have tried to express what they find precious about the Murrumbidgee River.

“We are hoping that audiences can take time to observe our beautiful local environment and, in their own way, express how it enriches their lives,” Ms Reid said.

Gamilaraay artist Juanita McLauchlan’s work explores the Murrumbidgee River’s history and the river stones’ role.

“The river is the lifeline of our community,” Ms McLauchlan said.

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Ms McLauchlan said she was excited to launch Light In Shadow during the NAIDOC week celebrations.

Ms Reid and Ms McLauchlan will join the Art Gallery’s school holiday program to deliver a range of three creative art workshops as part of Winter Art Camp for children and teens.

Ms Perfect is set to host two artist talks and a print lab demonstration over the weekend.

Light in Shadow is on display from Friday 8 July until Sunday 17 July in the E3 art space at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

The print lab demonstration and artist talk with Liz Perfect will be on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July from 11 am to 12 pm.

The Art Camp School Holiday Art Workshops will have eight workshops across four days – Tuesday 12 July to Friday 15 July at various times. To book, click here or for more information, visit Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

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