Gloucester Art Society gets ready for its annual exhibition at Gloucester Gallery

Far and Wide by Karen McPhee, acrylic on canvas.

Far and Wide by Karen McPhee, acrylic on canvas.

Gloucester Art Society (GAS) is ready to spring into the Gloucester Gallery with its annual exhibition.

In a tradition that has existed since the gallery opened in 1999, GAS members have been busy creating a diverse range of works in preparation for the exhibition that opens on Thursday, November 4.

According to GAS president Rachel Saunders, it's a requirement for the exhibition that the members produce new works that haven't been put on public display in the region to ensure a fresh look each year.

While there is no specific theme, it's a spring exhibition of new works, Rachel said.

Artwork by Bev Barbour.

Artwork by Bev Barbour.

"There will be local scenes together with a variety of subject matter from still life, landscapes and abstract to animals and birds and whatever subject matter that has inspired the artist."

Visitors to the gallery can expect to see predominantly two dimensional wall art and a range in media of works from around 17 of the members.

"They are presented on canvas, board and paper in oils, acrylics and inks with possibly some collage and mixed media too," she explained. "Some artists have been experimenting with new supports such as aluminium board, birch ply, yupo paper as well as canvas and paper."

GAS prides itself on being a diverse group of artists who are "always open to employing new techniques as well as honing traditional techniques."

The group consists of around 30 members who all share a passion for creating art. Before COVID, the group held monthly art sessions with quarterly workshops presented by visiting artists.

"These sessions and workshops may cover painting in oils, pastels, life drawing, watercolours, mixed media, inks and more," Rachel said. "Working closely with the Gloucester Gallery, the group has often participated in and supported workshops put on by the Gloucester Gallery, taking advantage of the experience and diverse skills of the visiting artists."

Tawny by Richard Rawbone, oil on canvas.

Tawny by Richard Rawbone, oil on canvas.

GAS's Spring Exhibition runs from Thursday, November 4 to Sunday, November 28 at the Gloucester Gallery, 25 Denison Street. The gallery will be open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm and Sunday from 10am to 1pm. Entry is free. For more information about the Gloucester Gallery visit the website or Facebook page.

GAS is always open to welcoming new members.

"Anyone with an interest in art, in whatever medium they like whether a beginner or professional, or anywhere in between, it's a great group within which to learn and develop your artistic skills and interest in a supportive environment," Rachel said. "We look forward to having greater diversity within the group and bringing in sculptors, jewellers, ceramacists, textile artists and more."

For more information visit the Facebook page or contact Jean Buettel on 0421 082 594.