Delightful to drop into Gallery 34 in Yea on the weekend. Part of the bigger Yea Arts Carnival on the Australia Day weekend, Gallery 34 was exhibiting works by Karen Pirie and Joan Mullarvey under the shared theme ‘Waiting for Rain.’ (As I write this we’re just starting to get a lovely downpour!)
Chatting to the lovely owner Jo, it’s clear the gallery is a great love for her and her family. Her husband turns out the fruit and veg for their seasonal menu and daughters help out with son-in-law Corey Leslie providing music on a Sunday.
Our monster shared sponge with a mattress width of cream and home grown blackberries was amazingly good. A perfect country afternoon tea.
Karen Pirie’s sculpted forms include re-envisioned humble cork mats which become hounds and foxes running out of the bounds over their kitchen doors.
The carefully observed and executed linocut prints by Joan Mullarvey – particularly ‘Waiting for Rain’ and her two views of ‘Mushrooming with Dad’ reflect indigenous art making- at first you see pattern making, on closer view you start to note symbolism and get a sense of story telling.