Acclaimed textile artists join forces

The Millicent Gallery welcomes back outstanding textile artists Suzanne Gummow, Maxine Fry, Kerrie Head and Jenny Bates and their innovative exhibition ‘The Tree of Us +1’.

The exhibition, which opens in the Millicent Gallery at 2pm on May 2, depicts versions of loved landscapes and in this time of restricted travel, reminds us of places where we find interest, beauty and connection with nature.

Council’s Manager Libraries and Gallery, Janice Nitschke welcomes visitors to this creative exhibition. “Suzanne Gummow, Maxine Fry and Jenny Bates’s textile art are synonymous with the Geltwood Festival and their works have been exhibited nationally,” she said.

“Renowned textile artist and educator Suzanne Gummow will open the exhibition and along with Kerrie Head, a new member of the group will discuss their works. “The group started as three, working together to encourage each other in their textile art endeavours.

“They decided they all loved trees and ‘The Tree of Us’ was born. However, a dilemma arose when another artist joined and as they all liked the original pun, they added the ‘+1’.

“The group considered lots of ways to collaborate and liked the idea of separate works forming one piece together forming a larger work with each member producing an imaginary scene but with style, colour palette and some design parameters in common, fitting together to tell a story.

“They challenged themselves to work in a quirky, naïve style, using bright colours, with the water, land and sky flowing from one piece to another and swapping some fabrics for us all to incorporate in each piece. “It really is a sight to see.”

The exhibition opens on Sunday and will continue throughout May.

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