AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: Wide Bay High Desert II exhibition curators Trudie Leigo and Jenny Gilbertson at BRAG.
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: Wide Bay High Desert II exhibition curators Trudie Leigo and Jenny Gilbertson at BRAG. Mike Knott BUNBRAG

International art exhibit to open in Bundaberg

FOLLOWING on the heels of 2013 international exchange exhibition Wide Bay High Desert is Wide Bay High Desert II, a project involving regional artists from the Wide Bay and the High Desert region of New Mexico in the US.

WBHDII will be on show in Gallery Two at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) until October 25.

This international art exchange exhibition is held jointly between two galleries: BRAG, and The Unsettled Gallery, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The curators of the exhibition have selected 12 participating artists (six from the Wide Bay and six from the High Desert region of New Mexico) to create new artwork for the exhibition that reflects upon the diverse places and cultures where the artists live and work.

Each artist is producing four works for the exhibition.

Two of these will stay in their home gallery and two will travel to the other side of the world. This means that visitors to each exhibition, whether they are in the Wide Bay or they are in Las Cruces, will see work from all of the 12 participants.

Wide Bay artist Adrienne Williams, who also took part in the 2013 exhibition, said a key attraction of applying to be involved in WBHDII was the opportunity to have her work exhibited in another country.

Not only will the Wide Bay artists be exhibiting their work in Las Cruces, but two of them, Adrienne Williams and Marlies Oakley, will also be travelling to Las Cruces as artists in residence.

"As an emerging artist, it is invaluable to be subjected to new experiences and the residency in Las Cruces will have an enormous effect on my personal artistic development," Ms Oakley said.

The residency exchange also allows the artists to make connections with other artists that might not be possible otherwise.

"I am especially inspired by other artists and cultures. The opportunity to travel to New Mexico to live and work with a group of well established artists is amazing. It will help broaden my experiences, form long term friendships, and it is a great way to showcase my work to a broader audience," Ms Oakley said.

The international exchange between the Wide Bay and Las Cruces artists began virtually in 2015.

In the process of creating their work for Wide Bay-High Desert II the artists are sharing their experiences and processes through a blog site; https://widebayhighdesert.wordpress.com/.

The blog was a valuable way for the artists to connect across continents, Adrienne Williams said.

ARTISTS

Ariella Anderson (Bargara)

Marlies Oakley (Bundaberg)

Susan Hutton (Cordalba)

Christine Turner (Bundaberg)

Adrienne Williams (Mt Perry)

Trevor Spohr (Maryborough)

Alexander Eulert (Lamy, NM, )

Jo Rango (Las Cruces, NM, USA)

Virginia Maria Romero (Las Cruces, NM)

Jacklyn St Aubyn (Las Cruces, NM)

Jean Reece Wilkey (Las Cruces, NM)

Nolan Winkler (Hilllsborough, NM)



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