The 5 Ways Gallery is open Thursday – Monday (10am – 3pm).
Entry is free and gift vouchers are available from the wide range of art and craft handmade artisan works.
‘Our Valleys’ – Exhibition of artworks by Glenyce Francis & Jennifer Forster
The Exhibition ‘Our Valleys’ is a personal exploration of place.
Artists Jennifer Forster and Glenyce Francis are both community engaged local identities, but are both ‘blow ins’ in the big scheme of things having moved to the area in the past decade. This however has given them fresh eyes to portray the area they have chosen to live in. ‘We are so privileged to live in such a naturally picturesque area that is just begging to be painted… an artist’s dream’ enthuses Jennie.
Each painting displayed on the walls of the 5Ways gallery tells a storey of their love of the area. From the aerial view that Glenyce, an avid pilot, has painted to the exquisite oil of baby birds nesting in her garden. Jennies ‘Willaway’ bird series was inspired by her husband’s naming of each of their properties paddocks after the abundant local birdlife. Their Killimicat property features in the exhibition as do the Valleys of Tumut, Gilmore, Talbingo, Blowering, Tooma and Khancoban.
Both Glenyce and Jennie work in a tonally impressionistic manner with the works ranging from detailed realism to more semi abstracted works. ‘They all possess a fresh approach to the local subject matter, they invite the viewer to enjoy the area as we do.’
‘Our Valley’s is a uniquely passionate comment on our region through these local artists’ eyes and will be on for the month of July.
Glenyce has enjoyed painting and drawing since an early age. However, work, study, career and family meant that it was not until the work/life balance was just right she could indulge her passion for art. Retiring and moving to Tumut, living in a very picturesque area and being able to travel to outback areas in Australia and to Tasmania, has provided her a variety of subjects and incentive to immerse herself in painting whenever possible.
Currently, Glenyce mostly works with oils, pastels and a combination of pastels over washes. Painting landscapes, nature and portraits are her major subject areas which are relatable to her own experiences and ingrained into her personal life.
Glenyce started exhibiting artworks 4 years ago at the Tumut Art Society’s Gallery and had her first solo exhibition in 2016. Her work has been described as impressionistic paintings which are ‘fresh yet realistic……vibrant and inviting….giving her work an authentic feel’.
Glenyce feels privileged to continue learning from workshops and classes that she has attended especially those of John Wilson, Leslie O’Shea and Jennie Forster. Glenyce is excited about continuing her art journey knowing that every painting she does is a learning experience and that she will continue to draw on the knowledge and experience of accomplished artists.
Jennie has a need to paint and enjoys sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others. She has been painting professionally for eighteen years and teaches both drawing and painting (various mediums) and is a sought after tutor and art judge across regional New South Wales. She also curates the 5Ways Gallery in Tumut.
Her work encompasses tonal impressionism, mainly in oils, acrylics and inks with the focus strongly linked to light, colour, and to the paint itself. She is also passionate about experimental drawing and mixed media. Jennie loves to continually learn more about all genres of art … ‘my opinion is that if you think you know it all you have lost that spark that lights the fire in the belly of artists to keep pursuing their craft’
Jennie has had (27) twenty seven, successful solo exhibitions, as well as exhibiting in joint exhibitions and competitions. She has won numerous awards and has works in public, corporate and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, China, India, England and America. www.jenniferforsterart.com
Past Exhibitions in 2018
Opening Night of “An Eclectic Mix” – Autumn Members Exhibition
Opening Night of “LUX – chasing the light”
A-Z Fibre Exhibition
The Fibre Exhibition was opened by Hansie Armour, Te Kooti Pastoral Co. TAS members displayed their skills in a wide variety of fibre arts.