Manning Regional Art Gallery exhibition opening, March 9, 2019

More than 150 people braved the storm hitting Taree on Saturday, March 9 for the opening of three nature-themed exhibitions at Manning Regional Art Gallery.

"Half of Bobin was there!" said photographer Julie Slavin.

Undoubtedly the Bobin contingent were there to support local internationally renowned wildlife artist, Peter Schouten AM for his Into the Wild - Exploring the Past exhibition - exploring his specialisation in rebuilding images of fossil species.

The two other artists exhibiting, Angela Tay and Jennifer Catt, combined forces producing complementary bodies of work which explore saltwater and freshwater spaces in the landscape and the intriguing relationship humans have with these environments.

In Paradise of Waters, Jennifer Catt's paintings explore dual themes - firstly, the fundamental contradiction between our perceived 'love of the Australian bush' yet our enthusiasm being its destruction, and secondly, the artistic perennial pursuit of 'chasing the light'.

Angela Tay performed improvised choreography at the opening as part of her exhibition, Movement and Impermanence, for which she used observation of intertidal communities as an intriguing metaphor for a wider world issue of population movements and displacement.

The three exhibitions continue at the Gallery until April 14.

The Manning Regional Art Gallery is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday 1pm to 4pm.