Opening with a flourish

THE Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale was packed with proud parents and friends on Friday night for the opening of Flourish.

Flourish is a selection of works by secondary school students from Catholic College Sale, Gippsland Grammar, Maffra Secondary College and Sale College.

Students completing their Victorian Certificate of Education in 2014 and 2015 were nominated by their schools to submit artworks created as part of their assessments in art, studio art, media and visual communication and design.

Flourish gave selected students the opportunity to experience the exhibition process; from evolving ideas, to exploring media and techniques, to exhibiting and community recognition.

Artworks ranged from sculptures and digital media to paintings and photographs.

For local father Garry Frith, it was the first time seeing his daughter Sophie’s drawing titled ‘Dad’.

Sophie created the piece, which captured Mr Frith’s likeness, for her studio art folio at Catholic College Sale.

Wellington Shire mayor Darren McCubbin commended the students on their raw talent and ability to tackle challenging themes.

“I’m sure you’ll agree the quality of the artwork is extremely high,” he said.

Friday night also drew a large crowd for the opening of The Long Dark Night: German Expressionism 1914-1945.

The exhibition features works by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Conrad Felixm ller, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, K the Kollwitz, Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney director Rex Irwin, was guest speaker.

Flourish will remain open until March 20, while The Long Dark Night exhibition will remain open until May 8.

The Gippsland Art Gallery is currently located at the Port of Sale Business Centre, Foster St, Sale.