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Maroondah Access Gallery proudly presents Nadrasca 17

4 July 2017

Nadraska opening

The Maroondah Access Gallery is proud to unveil its latest exhibition Nadrasca 17, a colourful collection of paintings and drawings by artists from the dynamic Nadrasca Community Art Program.

Officially opened by Arrabri Ward Councillor Kylie Spears last week, the exhibition celebrates the fresh and highly individual visions of eight artists who take us inside the imagination of ‘outsider art’.

Outsider art, or art brut (raw art), has long been used to describe artists who have had no formal training and who are influenced by pop culture and the world around them, rather than by other mainstream artists.

Cr Spears said Nadrasca 17 illustrated Council’s commitment to supporting artists at all levels within the community.

“I loved meeting with each of the eight artists involved and chatting with them about their works. It was also great to meet with the general manager of the Nadrasca Community, Raeoni Turner, to talk about this amazing program,” Cr Spears said.

“Nadrasca are a not-for-profit disability service provider. Over time, they have developed an impressive art program where participants explore different art styles and experiment with a range of materials,” she said.

Established in 1967 in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Nadrasca’s purpose is to establish and develop a range of services for people with a disability.

The art program is overseen by well-regarded artist Ginny Grayson, the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 Dobell Prize for Drawing.

“I am very fortunate to be working with these wonderfully talented, warm-hearted artists. They’re all such individuals; their work is fantastic and they never fail to keep me entertained!” she said.

Visitors to the new exhibition will see works based on iconic Pop Art paintings by Andrea Marchetti; vibrantly coloured architectural drawings by Dean Grundy; a suite of gestural paintings by Janette McDonald; delightful drawings of bird life by Louisa Hanna; an intricately layered series of landscapes by June Patterson, and abstract and figurative works by Antonia Antoniou.

The exhibition also showcases much humour, including Mark Heehan’s drawings of friendship groups and Elroy Hendricks’ off-beat perspective on life.

Deeply philosophical, Elroy Hendricks is concerned about humanitarian values. But a sense of humour is retained, as seen through his playful, surreal use of perspective and subject matter.

Describing his work, Elroy says: “It’s about squares – shapes – breaking the world down into manageable pieces. My ideas come from how I see the world around me. The world should’ve come with an eraser so it could wipe all the problems out!’’

Cr Spears encouraged the community to visit the exhibition, which is on until 28 July.

“If you are near Maroondah Federation Estate, pop in and have a look. I’m sure you will be as impressed as I am with these amazing artworks,” she said.

“Congratulations to all the artists involved. It was wonderful to see the artists enjoy the exhibition and the unveiling of their works.”

Nadrasca 17 is on display until Friday 28 July at Maroondah Access Gallery, located at Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood. All artworks are available for purchase.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. For more information, phone 9298 4553 or email gallery.attendant@maroondah.vic.gov.au



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