“I have 3 photographs of my wedding, two of which clearly show the Redruth methodist Church sign. The photos show a few well-known Burra identities who came to see the wedding.
I was Julie Pearce and married David Sara in 1957. Our three children James, Anne and Nicholas were born in the Burra Hospital and were christened in the Redruth Methodist Church. The church at the time had stained windows in honour of my grandmother May Pearce and David’s mother Hazel Sara.
The painting is of Anne in a fantasy setting taken from the burra Mine lookout. I included the roof of the church for sentimental reasons.”
Julie Wilson December 2012
Historically Burra has been a place that artists love to draw, paint, and photograph and to imaginatively express their feelings for the past – the remaining mine buildings and miners cottages, the creek with its caved-in dugouts, the town nestling in the fold of hills, seemingly lost in time.
Appearances can be deceiving. Burra Gallery is an example of one of the town’s high achievers, thanks to the dedication of a trusty band of volunteers who keep the gallery maintained and running all through the year.
Burra Regional Art Gallery will welcome new volunteers at a morning tea to be held early in the New Year.
In the meantime, come along to the opening of “Back to Burra”, an exhibition all about Burra, the title derived from a week of festivities held in 1925 and 1937, when past residents were encouraged to return and renew their memories of the much loved town. The visionaries who made the gallery what it is today have been invited to attend a dinner on Saturday and to be present at Sunday’s launch by Judge Andrew Wilson. Those who are interested in the town’s many stories and images will not want to miss this date and time – 2pm Sunday 16 December, with the extra treat of a JMW Turner presentation by the Art Gallery of SA to follow.
The new exhibition “Back to Burra” in Burra Gallery is not to be missed by locals and those who love Burra. The aim of the exhibition is to unite the past with the present and there are works by Len Bence, Aileen Moorhouse, Russell Philip, and Glenys Christopher, all Burra artists, with Aussie Kanck, Roland Weight, Allen Peters and many more that do just that. A view of the future is also displayed in a triptych by Kerry Youde, together with lots of beautiful jewellery and ceramics for sale to make the perfect Christmas gift.
“Back to Burra” is one of the biggest, best and most beautiful of exhibitions that have been shown in the gallery, and the most relevant for the region. Gallery opening times are 1 to 4 pm every day, with the exception of the Christmas/New Year break. The gallery thrives when local viewers take an interest. “Back to Burra” will be on show until 23 January 2013.
BACK TO BURRA
Comments by Artivist
Artists have been invited to make work celebrating Burra, producing a varied exhibition of landscapes, street scenes, historic buildings and impressions, all subjects to inspire in one small country town.
Suzy Tilley’s paintings “Burra’s Magnificent Merino Ram” and “Burra’s Changing Landscape” show important aspects of the region, taken further in the bags and swatches of wool from Kath Lomman’s flock of coloured Mount Bryan sheep, soft and beautiful to tempt spinners and knitters.
Riverton artists Roland Weight, Tim Dell and Lise Temple favour the big gums and greener pastures of their locality.
Lise’s abstracted Mid North landscapes of views caught by the minds eye give a strong impression of farmland encroached by development.
Tim’s “Small Fire” causes immediate anxiety – a hazardous subject matter deftly handled.
Shana says: “I like the colours and it’s topical. If I had the money I would give it to my son in the CFS.”
Roland’s landscape/sculpture is a creative mix of mediums stretched flat as if passing through with glimpses of familiar (and surprising) Mid North countryside flashing by.
Turned vases and bowls and sculpture by Allen Peters of Hallett use rough-hewn timbers from old fence posts gleaned round farms north of Burra.
His found-object wall sculpture in the Bence Room is a farmer’s delight and just needs the addition of a few cobwebs and an 8 legged inhabitant.
The forest of tall timber by Mieke Danielse has attracted much attention from viewers with its eerie colours, other-world qualities and aura of mystery. Not all agree in the realm of “like” and “dislike” but that’s how it is with art – you stop to think and wonder.
Kate Jenkins has chanced a portrait of two characters in front of a Burra Hills landscape. The double portrait gives the impression that the individuals are companionably posing, but only for a minute or two. The confusion this sets up makes an interesting dilemma for an artist with an ambitious project in mind – do the subjects have time?
BJ Moore of Kapunda has made two series of works about an aspect of Burra that clearly fascinates him – “Mine” and “Gorge”, both of the earth – one the historic man-made top-of-ground evidence of what’s going on below, the other demonstrating a gentler side of nature’s creation; in all, 11 digital prints.
A group of 9 photographs from Aussie Kanck show aspects of Burra past and present. “Excellent value,” says Shana, who would choose “Vanishing Mist” and loves the moody skies in “Approaching Storm”.
“But “Old House” is a subject that has been done to death”, she says. “It’s old hat”.
That’s a matter of opinion!