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Karen Bloomfield and Michael Kolbe works to be featured in Gloucester Gallery this month

Karen Bloomfield and Michael Kolbe. Photos supplied
Karen Bloomfield and Michael Kolbe. Photos supplied

Artists Karen Bloomfield and Michael Kolbe are teaming up for a dynamic exhibition at Gloucester Gallery.

Wild Dimensions runs from Thursday, October 8 to Sunday, November 1, and includes Michael's metalwork sculptures and Karen's intriguing charcoal and ink portraits.

Michael developed a strong interest in sculptures created from scrap metal in his native Zimbabwe. In 1979, he moved to Australia with wife Carol and three sons and later settled in Old Bar.

Following a visit home in 1995, Michael renewed his interest in sculptural metalwork and set up a workshop.

With a focus on animals, created from old tools welded together, Michael captures character and movement in every sculpture.

Michael last featured at Gloucester Gallery in 2017 and returns with his popular works.

Karen is an exhibiting artist with the Royal Art Society of NSW and is regularly represented in some of Australia's most prestigious art awards.

She was in Gloucester recently to run charcoal and ink workshops with Gloucester Art Society (GAS).

Based in her Central Coast studio, Karen works in international collections, two in the Australian Consulate in Afghanistan. Her subject matter covers a range of subjects and she works mainly in charcoal and ink to create portraits and bird pieces. Karen has a signature style of working on plywood and incorporating the wood grain into the finished piece.

Both artists will be holding free talks during the exhibition at the gallery.

Michael's will be on Saturday, October 10 from 11am to noon and Karen's will be on Saturday October 31 from 1pm to 4pm and will include a demonstration.

Gloucester Gallery, 25 Denison Street is open Thursday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm and Sunday from 10am until 1pm. Entry is free.