The September meeting of the Murray Bridge Garden and Floral Art Club, club committee member had a new twist.
Mr Peter Crowley gave a virtual presentation on the recently held Murray Bridge Public Art walk that he attended. The walk, was held on August 31, 2021 as part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival.
It was conducted by the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery Art Gallery Director, Ms Fulvia Mantelli and Ms Tegan Hale, Public Arts Officer - Arts Development.
"The walk gave participants the opportunity to discover the many sculptures and murals in and around Murray Bridge's CBD and Riverfront," Mr Crowley said.
"I was so thrilled by the fact that nearly all participants in the walk had driven from Adelaide to be part of the day."
"Our visitors from Adelaide were so full of praise, not only of the art works viewed, but of all the recent developments undertaken and endorsed by the council."
In delivering his virtual presentation, Mr Crowley showed slides of each artwork viewed explaining the piece and the artist(s) involved. Each piece viewed tells a story of Murray Bridge and the River Murray.
"My how much Murray Bridge has changed said one, whilst another said Murray Bridge is definitely on their list of places to come back to and spend some time in," Mr Crowley said.
At the conclusion of the presentation, club members were invited to vote for their favourite piece of artwork presented. Overwhelming the most popular was By the River created by South Australian artist, Mr Morris Green.
"Morris Green created this piece, located in 7 th Street just down from Bridge Street in 2020," Mr Crowley said.
"By the River draws on the theme of our natural environment and pays tribute to the majestic Murray River and native Blue Wren.
"Painted in hyper-real detail, this vast landscape with its glistening waters and vivid fauna transports us straight to the riverbank, the home of many culturally significant bird species."
Second most popular amongst club members was Flower Dreaming, created by Victorian artist Mike Makatron in 2020.
This piece appears on the wall of Murray Bridge Florist, 10 Seventh Street Murray Bridge.
"Flower Dreaming refers to the theme of Murray Bridge as a centre of food production and the importance of protecting our bee populations for the health of Murray Bridge as a food bowl," Mr Crowley said.
"The scene is busy with bees pollinating native flowers that float around a young woman dreamily lying in a field.
"The work also speaks of human interaction with nature, cultural diversity and youthfulness, with a rural feel that gestures toward our lush, green, open spaces,"
Coming in third was Welcome to Country drawn by local Ngarrindjeri artist Mr Kevin Kropinyeri.
This 46m hand drawn mural is located along the wall of the Art Gallery in Sixth Street Murray Bridge.
"Kevin devised and installed this mural as a welcome statement to all that visit Ngarrindjeri Ruwi (land)," Mr Crowley said.
"The mural features many of the iconic nga:tja (totems) of Ngarrindjeri people whose lands and waters span the reaches of the Murray River, Lower Lakes, Coorong and ocean. The Ritjaruki (willy wagtail) the messenger reminds us all.
"When you tread on this country, you should think of the Ngarrindjeri people and their ancestors, they are the first custodians of this land. The Ngarrindjeri welcome you all."
"The Northern end of the wall features traditional Ngarrindjeri artefacts that are also symbolic of the old people, our ancestors."
September competition results:
- A. Floral arrangement: 1st P Christian
- B. Fruit: 1st R & C Butcher
- C. Large Garden Cut: 1st P Christian, 2nd P Christian, 3 rd R & C Butcher
- D. Small Garden Cut: 1st R &a C Butcher, 2nd R & C Butcher, 3rd D Griffiths
- E1. Rose Bloom: 1st R Liebelt, 2nd Liebelt
- F. Vegetables: 1st D Woidt, 2nd D Griffiths
- G. Home Produce: 1st D Woidt, 2nd B Rule, 3rd D Griffiths
- H. Pots/Containers/Hanging Baskets:
- 1st P Christian, 2nd R & C Butcher, 3rd D Griffiths
- I Craft: 1st B & D Hoffman
- J1 Australian Native Cut:
- 1st B Rule, 2nd R & C Butcher, 3rd P Christian
- J2. Bulbs: 1st P Christian, 2nd D Griffiths, 3 rd R & C Butcher
- J3. Orchid 1 Cut: 1st D Woidt, 2nd R & C Butcher, 3rd B Rule
- Monthly champion: P Christian