Archibald finalist features in new exhibition

ONE of Australia's leading artists, Madeleine Winch, famous as a finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes and for her much-loved picture books, is showing a major exhibition at the Manning Regional Art Gallery.

'States of Being' comprises paintings and prints which depict the archetypal woman in domestic settings attempting to balance life as a mother and professional.

Running concurrently are two other outstanding exhibitions by local Taree based artists Claire Skehan and Hil Van Dijk - Embracing the Angelic Realm - and Pokobin's Rebecca Rath with Are we there yet?

Claire and Hil have combined their skills to co-create a wonderful exhibition of printmaking, paper cut-outs and mixed media constructions that express their ideas about the angelic realm that is within your consciousness.

"It may seem presumptuous to say, that this work is devoid of ego," said Claire. "It has been a journey of discovery, of accepting and acknowledging a higher aspect beyond our individual consciousness. To view this work, is to meditate. Listen to your thoughts and responses and accept what you hear, as your guidance."

Focusing on the area of the Hunter Valley, Rebecca's works take people on the scenic route through many of the local towns within the valley.

Having painted more than 150 small documentary style oil paintings, her large installation will take you back to your childhood when a road trip meant the long route with many stops until your destination.

The three exhibitions open at Manning Regional Art Gallery tonight (Friday) at 6.30pm.

RSVPs are essential for the opening by contacting gallery@ gtcc.nsw.gov.au or by calling 6592 5455. The cost is $10 ($7 for Friends of the Gallery members).

Following the official opening, admission is free for the whole family until the exhibitions close on Sunday, April 13.

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