Pittwater Life March 2018 Issue


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Art Life

Art Life

Martine's glimpse of

underwater Shimmer

Sydney painter Martine Emdur is renowned for capturing the

magic and mystery of the underwater world – and she is currently

enjoying her first exhibition in a public gallery with ‘Shimmer’

on display at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum until April 1.

“I am very excited about the show and it couldn’t be more appropriate

that it is staged on the shores of Sydney Harbour, my

muse of the past 20 years,” Martine said.

“There is both great beauty and mystery offered up by the

sea… I understand that locals feel drawn to the sea for the same

reasons I do and I hope that the paintings resonate with other

coastal dwellers, together with those who visit the seaside.”

Curator Katherine Roberts said Shimmer presented a mix of

dark, moody paintings (including ‘Soleful’ and ‘Limelight’ – oil

on linen).

“They evoke a sense of voyeurism as the viewer catches a

fleeting act of intimacy; a connection otherwise concealed by

the ocean,” Katherine said. “Other works hold a more joyous and

playful tone. Under full sun, the saturation of colour of the sea

and the swimmers (in their cozzies) evokes a quintessentially

Australian summer theme.

“Buoyancy and the fact that the weight of the world is

stripped away is central to her work and yet the foreboding

aspect of being immersed in the vastness of the ocean provides

the duality that makes her work particularly engaging.”

* Join Martine in conversation with curator Katherine Roberts

on Sunday 11 March from 3-4pm to learn about the development

of Martine’s ideas and her life as an artist (no bookings


Pittwater trail

gets a March on

It’s on again in March – the

Pittwater Artists Trail,

celebrating the alliance

of talented artists who

collectively open their studios

to the public on select

weekends each year creating a

‘Trail’ for art lovers.

Visitors can engage with

the artists, see how they work

and what inspires them, buy

beautiful, original artworks or

perhaps enroll in one of the

courses offered by several of

the artists on the Trail.

The PAT’s inaugural Open

Studio weekend was held

in 2011 and the group have

been going from strength

to strength ever since.

This month, don’t miss the

opportunity to spend a day (or

even two) discovering original

works on Saturday 10th and

A stitch in time...

See some amazing patchwork at the annual Avalon Quilters

Exhibition on Fri 9 and Sat 10 at Avalon Uniting Church in

Bellevue Ave; entry $5. Also, don’t forget to be in the draw

for ‘Touching Stars’, a 1930s Vintage quilt purchased in

the US – you can by raffle tickets ($2 each or 3 for $5) at

Avalon Fabrics and Craft, Cottage Quilts Warriewood or

at Patchwork on Pittwater in Mona Vale. Proceeds to the

Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

38 MARCH 2018

The Local Voice Since 1991

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