Glenorchy’s creative community showcased at MAC

THE creativity of artists in the City of Glenorchy will be on display this month in two exhibitions at the Moonah Arts Centre (MAC).

Community members are invited to attend a free opening celebration at 6pm on Thursday 8 February.

The first art exhibition, The Glenorchy Open, is open to all artists living and/or working in the Glenorchy municipality.

The exhibition features work by established and emerging artists and students who work in any media including painting, drawing, print media, sculpture, installation, photography, ceramics, textiles and digital media.

Now in its ninth year, The Glenorchy Open is a much-loved feature of MAC’s annual exhibition program.

The second exhibition on show will be Margaret Wilson Paintings.

Ms Wilson was born in Austins Ferry and still lives and paints in Glenorchy to this day.

As a child, she attended art classes at the Hobart Technical College.

As an adult, Ms Wilson travelled widely in Australia and picked up her art production qualifications, receiving a Diploma in Visual and Applied Art from the North Adelaide School of Art.

It was in Adelaide that she was to achieve a profile as an artist, mainly painting portraits and what she called “chook pictures.”

Ms Wilson won many prizes and the South Australian Minister for the Arts bought one of her prize “chook paintings”, leading to her becoming known in arts circles as the “Chook Lady.”

While chooks remain a favourite subject, she also paints landscapes, garden scenes, portraits and various animal pictures.

This exhibition is the first solo show Ms Wilson has presented for the Moonah Arts Centre and it will be a unique opportunity to enjoy the work of a talented senior resident of Glenorchy.

The two exhibitions will run at the Moonah Arts Centre from 9 February to 3 March.

Entry is free.

Caption: ‘Silkies in the Garden’, Margaret Wilson, painting.

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