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Artists celebrate love of landscapes

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Finding their place: (from left) Katherine Simms, Tina Rae and Jude Noakes.

FOUR Stanwell Park artist friends will celebrate the beauty of landscapes with the opening of their exhibition, Love of Place, this Friday night at the Clifton School of Arts.

Tina Rae (acrylic), Katherine Simms (linocut), her husband Roman Dabrowski (wood block) and Jude Noakes (oils) will portray their love of the Illawarra through different mediums, with about 30 works on display.

Ms Rae, who is the personal assistant to Sogyal Rinpoche, the author of the Tibetan Book of Living & Dying, spends a lot of time on the road and said many of her paintings had an element of asphalt as she viewed the landscape from behind the wheel.

“I drive around being completely amazed,” she said. “I’ve tried to capture the beautiful visions and vistas, especially at this time of year with the wonderful light.”

For Ms Rae, a Diploma of Fine Arts graduate, this is her first exhibition as it is for Mrs Noakes (who expects to finish her Diploma this year) and Mr Dabrowski.

“Our common thread is the love of the place,” said Mrs Noakes, who works as a nurse at the Helensburgh Family Practice. “We live here because of the beauty.

Ms Simms said the subtle changes of the Australian bush “slowly seeps into your soul” although it could also surprise with the “brilliance” of a Gymea Lily or the shock of orange algae.

“It grows on you,” she said. 

Her work looks at place on an intimate scale and how people fit into that space. “I’m more interested in how people have used that room or a memory of a person in a space,” she said.

Mrs Noakes has featured other places she loves in her oil landscapes, such as the NSW North Coast and Italy. “It’s all about the fleetingness of the light,” she said.

Mr Dabrowski’s large wood cuts are personal responses to the landscape he loves. 

Love of Place will be on show at the Clifton School of Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, this weekend, from 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

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What I Promised You by Roman Dabrowski.

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