WITH many disruptions in June, we are thrilled our Greater Melbourne friends and locals alike can once again visit Meeniyan Art Gallery exhibitions.

We have some wonderful shows of vibrancy, colour and energy that you won’t want to miss.

Community groups Yooralla and (it’s no) drama reveal so much of their creative output over the recent year; and Korumburra artist, Bruce Plant shares his expressive responses to COVID 19 of recent times.

Yooralla – Gallery 1 Things of Paint and Wood

Two years in the making and with the financial support of Bendigo Bank and MAG, the students are rightfully proud of the many and varied pieces they have created.

The painted works are centred around the theme of the ever changing seasons and how this reflects their own journey of growth and change.

Amidst a sea of trees and flowers, there is a garden seat, created by the students with Bob Hickman, woodwork teacher and local artist. Colour, light and and sparkle!

Alongside the painting are wooden constructions: fairy doors, robots, paddle steamers, cats and minions on scooters. They are skilful, eclectic and whimsical.

“We are proud of what our Yooralla customers have created for the exhibition, through the programs here at the hub,” said Vanessa Holness, community development worker at the Leongatha Community Hub.

“We are very lucky to be offered one of the gallery rooms in the space through our strong community connections,” added Sharon Peattie, service manager.

(it’s no) drama – Gallery 2 Stasis: disentangling from and transforming the circumstances we find ourselves in.

In Stasis (it’s no) drama explore perceptions of limitation, future possibilities and social relationships. The ideas are presented abstractly through interaction with ropes and material structures using the creativity and imagination of the (it’s no) drama ensemble.

The exhibition at MAG is a record of this performance and another direction for this Leongatha based physical theatre group.

Stasis combines the skill of the ensemble group with the expertise of photographer Lauren Murphy, costume designer Mayumi McPhee, rope artist Sarah Parkes, and guest circus performer Tara Silcock.

It is a beautiful and professional exhibition and another feather in the bow of this performance group, as they seek to explore more ways to break down barriers of access in our part of regional Australia.

(it’s no) drama is proudly supported by Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, South Gippsland Shire, Rawcus and Meeniyan Art Gallery

Bruce Plant – Gallery 3 COVID Shock

Bruce is prolific local painter who works with emotion and intuition as his guides.

His paintings are strong, expressionistic and colourful. COVID Shock captures the uncertainty and calamity of the period, with a strength and a beauty that is wonderful to see.

Bruce demonstrated these painting skills and shared his delightful insights last Sunday at Meet the Artist. A popular man!

Don’t miss these wonderful June Shows, who will not be with us much longer. They will be packed up after close of business on Monday June 28 at 4pm.