Gloucester Gallery exhibition by Manning Valley artists Lyn Bemet and Joy Cooksey

Contemporary basketry by Lyn Bemet. Photo supplied

Contemporary basketry by Lyn Bemet. Photo supplied

Vines, Vistas and Vibes, an exhibition of artworks by Manning Valley's artists, Lyn Bemet and Joy Cooksey is coming to Gloucester.

From Thursday April 25 until May 19, Gloucester Gallery will come alive with paintings by Joy and contemporary basketry by Lyn.

Joy's paintings convey her connection to the world through painting her memories, observations and imaginings, depicting the various times and places she has journeyed through. She believes paintings are like music and writing which all help us to navigate through life.

Lyn uses natural fibres in her handwoven often sculptural basketry pieces for which she collects materials from the bush and these represent her connection to her surroundings.

"The last two years has seen my art develop to include contemporary basketry for which I have become passionate," Lyn said.

"With the mention of basketry many think of the woven traditional baskets, however my creations extend to include unusual shaped vessels, sculptural pieces and of course baskets that are unique and one of a kind."

Painting by Joy Cooksey

Painting by Joy Cooksey

"The use of plants and other natural fibres are important in my weaving process and with the recent discovery of hemp fibre and linen I am able to include bright colours into vessels which I call " Weed pods", (or as many refer to them as " squashy ones" because these pods are very tactile)," Lyn explained.

"The embellishment is the final stage using beads and buttons etc. and is the fun part, although,I must admit its all fun..."

Lyn will be working in the Gloucester Gallery during the exhibitions and will also hold a two day workshop in the gallery on Monday May 13 and Tuesday May 14. The workshops are fully booked, however you are welcome to come along and observe if you are interested to learn more.

Gloucester Gallery opening hours are Thursday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 1pm. Entry is free.