|Painting by Jeffry Smart - Art Gallery of NSW|
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is currently having a fabulous exhibition of paintings on loan from the Art Gallery of NSW. Artists including William Dobell, Margaret Olley, Grace Cossington Smith, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Margaret Preston, Jeffrey Smart and Brett Whiteley. For those of you that did not make it to Sydney, grab this opportunity to see some great Australian works. Ballarat is only an hour’s drive from Melbourne.
|Painting by Alan Moore - Art Gallery of Ballarat|
“A Guiding Hand” is an exhibition of the galleries collection of prints. The five Directors who have led the gallery for the past 44 years put this fine collection together. Many well known Australian artists are represented, and for me Lionel Lindsey’s wood block prints always delight. A couple of his original wood blocks are also on display, showing the incredibly fine details carved into the wood.
Here is a link to the Art Gallery of Ballarat for more info.
Whilst in Ballarat have a look at the large Botanical Garden - the spring flower display is as impressive as the numerous statues. There is an avenue with 25 bronze busts of past Australian Prime Ministers, but I have to admit that some of them I have never heard of!
|Botanical Garden, Ballarat - Image © PeteM2020|
|"Window Art" © PeteM2020|
The town is dotted with interesting, grand old buildings. A lot of them are still in fine original condition and very much in use. In one of them, whilst pointing the Percy at the porcelain, I faced an old window with coloured glass distorting the landscape. Wonder what any passers by looking in would make of it all?