‘Whispering Land’ set to open

''Hares'', by Helen Turrisi.

By Jeremy Sollars

Stanthorpe photographer and artist/sculptor duo Sandra McEwan and Helen Turrisi will next week open their joint exhibition ‘Whispering Land’ at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.

Sandra has a passion for local history – particularly of a rural nature – and her stunning photos have been shot on properties from across the region.

She began her current project to be featured in ‘Whispering Land’ almost three years ago, after a very well-received ‘Treasures Past’ exhibition in 2015.

“We have so much local history still standing from the early days – sheep stations and Cobb and Co staging posts, to name just a few,” Sandra said.

The exhibition will also feature some of Sandra’s amazing weather and sunrise/sunset shots.

Helen Turrisi moved to Stanthorpe in 2001 for a ‘tree-change’ and runs a sole-trader business as a chef but this is only rivalled by her passion for art, having painted in oils in the past but being drawn to sculpture since settling on the Granite Belt.

“The body of works in this exhibition have an earthy feel about them – many of the pieces are suited to the outdoors as much as a statement piece in the home,” Helen said.

“These works reflect the landscape that I reside in and also the wildlife that I see around me.”

Helen’s works in the exhibition include clay and bronze, and will also include a selection of her contemporary oil paintings portraying the themes of “land, water and sky”.

• ‘Whispering Land’ will be on display at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in Weeroona Park from Friday 12 October until Sunday 18 November, with an official opening next Thursday 11 October from 6pm.

• For more details visit the gallery online at www.srag.org.au or call 4681 1874.

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