Great Rivals!: 20.02.2010
Friendly rivalry between Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, and Latrobe Regional Art Gallery, at Morwell, keeps both of these PGAV regional galleries producing exceptionally high quality exhibitions and programmes.
A couple of weekends ago I visited Latrobe, which was in the last stages of preparation for the NETS Victoria-toured John Meade exhibition. I sat for a long while upstairs in "Tandeera" a lovely drawing and light installation - a collaboration between Aboriginal women of the region and Ian de Gruchy.
Travelling on to Sale, three stunning exhibitions were opened that night - Anne Zahalke's Hall of Mirrors - another NETS show, a multimedia artist/community collaboration by visiting Korean artist Aehee Park, and the rather eery sculpture of Natalie Ryan.
Next day I returned to Morwell for the opening of John Meade sculpture exhibition. And another chance to meet the artist. Again, this gallery had other major exhibition to be enjoyed, including Grafton's "2008 Jacaranda Drawing Prize".
We are so lucky to have exceptional galleries such as these in Victoria.