THE Quirky Works exhibition at Gallery on Sturt is just that – quirky.
It was one of the ideas of the Ballan Art Project, which runs artist dinners as social support and business training for artists in the Moorabool region.
“Nine of us have become professional enough to be able to present a joint exhibition, contributing up to five pieces each,” said Ballarat
Arts Project facilitator Sarah Peckham.
“We wanted to unite our work by using a common theme, which took a while to find, but we ended up realising that quirky describes the art most of the group makes – it was natural. Most of us are taking a leap and exhibiting work in a gallery for the first time. We have come a long way together.”
Ms Peckham said a personalities and styles using a range of medias including ceramics, sheet metal, photography, acrylics and watercolours, ink wash and pastels were on show.
“The artworks are very different; from abstract with a whimsical streak, to keenly observed representational, complex photo manipulation, naive, playful, and serious,” she said.
“We hope that visitors will respond to the things that have inspired us.”