Two vastly different exhibitions were officially opened at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery (MBRG) on Sunday.
Silver and gold: unique Australian objects 1830 - 1910 and disquiet by India Flint went on display Friday July 21, but Sunday’s special opening ceremony was held to officially put the exhibitions to the public.
Silver and gold exhibits objects crafted by silversmiths, including Alexander Dick, David Barcla and, Henry Steiner, while disquiet touches on deforestation, climate change and the changing landscape of South Australia.
MBRG Director Melinda Rankin said it was fantastic to have such contrasting exhibitions showing simultaneously.
“This truly is the power of art. We can have collections like these and they are both powerful in their own way,” she said.
Artist India Flint looks at her exhibition as a reflection piece.
“It could also be called an observation of the interesting situation that the driest state on the driest continent currently finds itself in,” she said.
“Rain does actually follow trees, and so when you take the trees away, the rain goes away. Climate change, despite the deniers, is real and is something that takes up my mind.”
National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibitions Project Office Camilla Greville said the pieces in the Silver and gold exhibition reflect a part of Australia’s social and commercial history in the early years of European settlement.
“Along with the visual beauty and interest of these objects, they have stories attached and the pieces reflect the communities in which they were created and given, giving us a glimpse into the those peoples’ lives,” Ms Greville said.
“The pieces also celebrate the exceptional skills of Australia’s earliest professional craft practitioners, including some of Australia’s most significant early silversmiths.”
The exhibitions will be on display until 4pm Saturday August 27.
For more details, call the gallery on (08) 8539 1420.