A decade at Dungowan - It’s party night at Edelweiss

The small but busy Edelweiss Gallery at Dungowan is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend with a couple of special collections and an official opening tonight for the latest exhibitions.

Quirindi artist Robbie Duck is featured but she gets to share some of the limelight with some other arty types.

Ogunbil artists Linda and Mark Floyd, the owners of Edelweiss, will have more of their glassware pieces on display too and the special guest for the anniversary night is Royal Far West Children’s Charity president Peter Prisk.

All art lovers are invited to attend tonight’s 6 o’clock opening which includes drinks, nibbles and a light meal if you want to make a night of it.

The Floyds took on the art space at the former historic Rock’s Bakery building in 2002 and expanded into the former general store four years ago.

They’ve concentrated on bringing quality art, crafts and giftlines from local artisans and craftspeople to the gallery, and in doing that, helping to raise funds for a variety of different charities.

They also feature regular workshops and they’ve been an electic range including nono felting, eco dying, polymer clay and painting ones. 

They have a weekly art and craft group that meets there every Friday from 10am – and there’s always space for more who want to turn their hands and heads to hand-made things.

The gallery was a finalist in this year’s Tamworth Quality Business Awards.

This weekend’s guest artist, Robbie Duck, is a painter of landscapes and animal portraiture in oils and has been painting seriously for about 12 years.

“I was raised on a sheep and cattle property and in living most of my life in the country, I was blown away by the beauty of the Australian landscape and the animals within it,” Duck says.

“I feel the way light falls on the landscape, with its changing hues, creating mood and atmosphere, is the main component to changing a painting into a work of art.

“This is something I am always striving for.”

Duck has been adding to her painting palette by attending workshops and having private lessons, both locally and in Sydney.

She’s become a regular on the show and exhibition circuit in the New England and Hunter areas and her most recent prize was winning the People’s Choice Award at the Rotary exhibition in Uralla.

Duck has called this exhibition Four Seasons, as it’s mainly Australian landscapes painted over the four seasons of the year. 

“I have tried to keep the paintings colourful, using the richness of oil paints to bring out the colours of Australia with its clear, clean air and sunshine,” she said this week.

This weekend’s birthday show also has some wonderful connections of a personal nature for the visiting charity guest. 

Royal Far West president Peter Prisk also happens to be the son of Ross Prisk, who was an earlier owner, as part of the Rock and Prisk partnership, of the bakery and general store, on the site.

The latest exhibition is open from 9am to 5pm today, again tomorrow and also on the holiday Monday. 

It is open again from next Friday to Sunday.Edelweiss Gallery is at 1745 Nundle Rd, Dungowan, just before you hit the roundabout for the Nundle Rd turnoff.

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