Three artisans to exhibit at The Moree Gallery
A BREEDING ground for creativity, the Moree region will welcome three nationally acclaimed artisans for The Moree Gallery Christmas Exhibition, two of whom hail from the district.
In a stellar line-up of talent, the Gallery’s final exhibition for the year, opening November 4, will include jewellery designer Lucinda Newton of LUONE, milliner Penelope Haddrill and Blue Mountains’ artist Jill Wilson.
None are strangers to the region – this is Lucinda’s fifth exhibition at the gallery, Penelope grew up in the district and Jill’s daughter-in-law is a Moree girl.
Jill has a long association with The Moree Gallery, having sold her popular works through the renowned gallery for many years.
Living for the past eight years in Leura, Jill was previously at the property “Glenthorne”, Narromine, where her son and family now live, and relishes the opportunity to head west.
“I have very fond memories of Moree, and with my son Nathan Wilson married to Moree’s Kate McKee, I have made many genuine friendships in the area,” Jill reflected.
This will be Jill’s third show at The Moree Gallery, and she was one of three artists chosen to represent the Gallery at Art Sydney 05, Fox Studios.
“As an artist it is also always lovely to catch up with people who perhaps have purchased my work before and to have the opportunity to answer questions about my work on the night,” she said.
Jill’s latest body of work is based upon landscapes from recent travels, including three water scenes completed at her house in the Greek Islands.
In a visual contrast, the remained of her work was inspired by the Cooper Pedy, Lake Eyre and Rainbow Valley landscapes.
“As always my work is a direct response to the environment, specifically the colours, patterns, texture and the sensual linear shapes of the landscape,” she said.
Oil and acrylic paintings, some worked over with oil pastel adds depth of texture, while her preferred method of printmaking involves collagraphic monoprints to ensure each print is unique.
Also no stranger to the region, Penelope Haddrill’s stunning range of high quality, hand-crafted hats are fast turning well-dressed heads across Australia – the practicality of rural living providing the initial inspiration behind her range.
“Being creative, I was looking for a good quality hat but one with that extra unique twist, one that could be worn practically on a daily basis or dressed up for an event,” Penelope said.
With her quest unsuccessful, Penelope, who grew up on her parents’ Ian and Jackie Reardon’s Moree property, took matters into her own hands and enrolled in a millinery course.
Her evolution into Penelope Haddrill Hats was meteoric, with demand from family and friends propelling the home-based business onto the national stage.
“The hats certainly have taken off overnight, and my biggest clients are country women looking for a good quality hat with a decent brim, one that will protect them from the sun but they will also look and feel great in,” she said.
With each hat individually handcrafted at Penelope’s Naradhan property, which she shares with her husband and three children, the quality craftsmanship of her range is obvious.
“With fashion increasingly about fast, mass production, I’m very proud to be offering a personally and lovingly designed and crafted option, and one borne from rural Australia,” she said.
“I think country women like supporting one another, and being a country girl myself and running my business from our property has helped.”
Penelope is thrilled to be exhibiting her range of hats at The Moree Gallery for this first time.
“Moree is such a fun, social community and I’m so excited to be meeting new, and existing customers in person and of course catching up with family and friends I grew up with,” she said.
For Lucinda, having spent her early years on her parents’, Doug and Mandy O’Neil’s Bellata property before relocating to Toowoomba, this exhibition is one of her favourites.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the region, old friends and new and my pieces have always been really well received within the North West,” Lucinda said.
“Moree women are renowned for their style and sophistication so I’m looking forward to gauging the reaction to some of my new designs.”
Her latest collection comprises of high quality, semi-precious timeless pieces in the distinctive contemporary LUONE style, however yellow and rose gold is a major feature.
“Gold is very popular at the moment, and while my pieces are not trend-based I love working more with this medium,” she said.
The exhibition will be held at The Moree Gallery on Heber Street, Moree, opening Friday, November 4 at 10am.
Penelope Haddrill Hats and LUONE will exhibit Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5 only, with Jill’s exhibition concluding Monday, December 5.
For further details see www.moreegallery.com.au, www.luone.com.au
Words: Georgina Poole