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Jo White’s artistic gift to be channelled from palette to canvas ‘live’ at The Moree Gallery

IT will soon be a studio with a difference for popular Moree artist Jo White, who next week sets up her easel in the tranquil and inspirational space of The Moree Gallery.

In an interactive exhibition, Jo will display a number of new works, while simultaneously painting live in the gallery.

Jo’s ‘studio’ will be The Moree Gallery’s front display window, allowing passers-by to pause and watch as she channels her artistic gift from palette to canvas.

While this is a new concept for the rising star, Jo says she is looking forward to giving people the opportunity to see first-hand the process behind her incredible artworks.

“Painting is quite a solitary past-time, which I very much enjoy, so it will be quite a new experience working amongst the buzz of the gallery,” Jo said.

Moree artist Jo White will next week be The Moree Gallery’s ‘artist in residence’, helping to raise funds for drought relief (Image Copyright Bill Poulos).

“It will, however, be a great opportunity for people to come in and see first-hand the process behind the finished works, and the sometimes painstaking attention to detail required when bringing artwork to life.”

Her new works revolve around images of local landmarks and scenery, all glowing with her unique signature-style depicting a contemporary look at nostalgic rural Australia.

Jo has held successful exhibitions at The Moree Gallery, Michael Reid Gallery Murrurundi and Rose St Trading Co.

She has also exhibited at The Other Art Fair in Melbourne and Sydney as well as Goondiwindi’s Art Aspect Show, where she won first prize in the still life category.

Jo was also a finalist in the highly coveted 2017 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize.

“My studio at home is quite modest. In fact until recently it was just the spare bedroom,” Jo laughs.

“I’ve now outgrown that space and have set up in a much larger and more peaceful room off the garage.

“Who knows how painting in The Moree Gallery, surrounded by so much inspiration, might boost the creative juices,” she said.

“There is nothing better than being in my creative space, and I’m really looking forward to sharing this with everyone when I bring a slice of my studio to the gallery.”

From Monday August 27 through to Friday August 31 Jo will exhibit a number of smaller works in the gallery, and will paint in the window each afternoon between 2pm and 4pm.

The artwork that Jo will create while working as an ‘artist in residence’ at The Moree Gallery will be auctioned online through social media with all money raised going to drought relief.

Keep an eye on Instagram and Facebook pages by The Moree Gallery and artist Jo White for auction details and how to bid.

See www.moreegallery.com.au for more details and a catalogue, or call (02) 6752 3927 between 10am and 5pm.

Also see The Moree Gallery’s Jo White Facebook Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2135924510023276/

Words: Georgina Poole

Image: Bill Poulos