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Adelaide exhibition guide:
Art goes online in April

Lindsay Nicholson, Tulips for Max, 2020, oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm

Adelaide Review arts writer Jane Llewellyn surveys the city’s visual arts landscape to pick out some of the highlights for the month of April.

Sarah McDonald’s online art school

Sharing decades of her experience with you in the comfort of your own home, local artist Sarah McDonald invites you into her personal studio through her online art school. McDonald has been a practising artist for 20 years and an art teacher for that same amount of time. When she was faced with the indefinite closure of her art school of 100 students due to the COVID-19 crisis she decided to act quickly and shift her teaching to an online format.

McDonald is offering a 10-week term package which includes video lessons, demonstrations and one on one FaceTime feedback sessions. Released weekly through an email link to YouTube these sessions are designed to teach the basics such as mixing colours and paints as well as sharing some tips and tricks from McDonald, particularly palette knife techniques for which she is renowned.  

Jason Cordero, On the Question of Gastronomic Experimentation, 2020 Oil on panel 25 x 30 cms

Still Life Still Lives

Still Life Still Lives brings together a selection of artists who celebrate and highlight beauty in the everyday through their varied artistic practices which include painting, ceramics and glass. Featuring work by Lindsay Nicholson, Don Rankin, Nona Burden, Dan Withey, Margaret Ambridge, Nicholas Mount, Jason Cordero and Jeff Mincham the exhibition contains a myriad of interpretations of the still life genre. 

Audiences can experience Mount’s exquisite glass blown plums alongside Withey’s paintings of brilliantly coloured flowers in different vases and vessels. Nicholson’s tabletops are overflowing with fruit, flowers and bowls, reminding us of lazy summer days and warm sunshine, while Mincham, presents ceramic forms that include bottles, vessels and his signature tea bowls. The exhibition can be viewed by appointment or through a virtual tour on YouTube.

Simone Wise, Wrapped, Pen on Arches paper, 46 x 77cm

Simone Wise: Dearest
Collective Haunt
Until 25 April

The Collective Haunt is also continuing their exhibition programme albeit virtually, with the launch of Simone Wise’s latest exhibition, Dearest. Through her paintings Wise celebrates the everyday with a collection of bakeware objects which she presents in a loving way. These everyday objects reflect identity, love, longing and memory. Influenced by the tradition of still life painting, particularly Dutch Golden Age paintings of the 17th century, Wise’s works evoke symbolism and meaning. These paintings are a meditation on love, loss, memory and family. Collective Haunt is open by appointment and the exhibition can be viewed on their website and through regular updates on Instagram, including the artist talking to her work.

Jane Llewellyn

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