Opening Night – Now and Then

Now and Then artists
The ‘Now and Then’ team. Mikaela Butcher, John Gerritsen (back), Rhonda Rettke (front), Meaghan Shelton, Robin Hines (back), Barb Hart (front), Shawn Jarvey, Judy Barrass (curator), and Jaime Southern.

A smiling and friendly crowd of friends, families and history and museum lovers gathered for the opening of ‘Now and Then’ at Gympie Regional Gallery last night. Each of the artists has approached their interaction with the museums from a different perspective, making a show that is interesting and diverse, and which offers an insight into the many ways historical objects and collections can be the stimulus for art works. In the next few weeks the blog will feature each of the artist’s work and their approach to the exhibition.

Rhonda Rettke with a felt hat inspired by a tractor seat.

Rhonda Rettke’s whimsical felt hats (and her felted outfit)  were a hit with the crowd and there was a line-up to experience Shawn Jarvey’s video and sound installation.

Shawn Jarvey video and sound installation


in the foreground Barb Hart works and in the background John Gerritsen’s lino cuts and one of Robin Hine’s paintings
Joolie Gibb, Master of Ceremonies with Meaghan Shelton’s work surrounding her and Barb Hart’s work in the foreground.

As usual the staff and volunteers at Gympie Regional Gallery did an excellent job on the bar and provided some exceptional nibbles.

Cr Daryl Dodt officially opens the exhibition


One of the younger artists, Jaime Southern, with her animation based in the dental surgery at the Gold Mining and Historical Museum
A visitor watches Mikaela Butcher’s animation projection in the upstairs foyer
John Gerritsen and Jim Barrass discuss the finer points of using an adze
Speeches are not always boring
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