Centre welcomes new exhibitions

MUSWELLBROOK Regional Arts Centre will welcome the New Year with two new exhibitions this week.

Moving House by Susan and Peter O’Doherty, and Coal Miners by Christine Pike are the latest displays set to captivate local art fans.

Husband and wife team Susan and Peter O’Doherty’s Moving House was inspired by their roaming childhoods and presents a nostalgic look at houses and the objects that filled them during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

“This is an exhibition about memory, identity and the transitory nature of modern life,” arts centre manager Brad Franks said.

There are no people in the pair’s display, which complements nicely with Christine Pike’s human interest collection.

Coal Miners is sponsored by the NSW Minerals Council and shares the simple but unique life of miners in their element.

It also articulates the diversity of roles in the industry from working underground to the vast world of an open cut.

“With the current focus on mining in the Hunter Valley a topic of much discussion Australia wide, Christine presents the human face of mining with the depth of observation that only a superbly expressive artist can bring to bear,” Mr Franks said.

A new selection of works from the Max Watters Collection will also open with the two exhibitions this Friday at 6pm.

The centre is located on the New England Highway at the corner of Bridge and Market streets, Muswellbrook.

For more information contact Brad on 6549 3768 or at [email protected]

GENIUS: A collection by artist Peter O’Doherty and his wife Susan will be opening at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre this Friday.

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