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IN THE GALLERY

Until 11 April 2010

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Official Party and Cr Bill West Mayor Cowra Shire Council, launching the 2010 Cowra Festival of Understanding

resented in association with the 2010 Cowra Festival of International Understanding and the Embassy of the Republic of

Hungary, this wonderful exhibition curated by Cowra Regional Art Gallery Director Brian Langer, brought together Judy Cassab and her Sculptor son John Seed. The opening of The Two Of Us on the 12th March 2010,

marked the official launch of the 2010 Cowra Festival of International Understanding by Cr Bill West Mayor Cowra Shire Council, and the official opening of the Exhibition was performed by His Excellency Gábor Csaba Hungarian Ambassador. Having won two Archibald Prize awards and exhibited all over the world, Judy Cassab is a familiar name to art lovers and we were

indeed privileged to see a representation of her many works in the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. A collection of beautiful and colourful Hungarian embroidery and clothing

was displayed in the Multi Purpose room for the weekend and was greatly enjoyed by visitors.

GALLERY TALK 13 March 2010 In introducing Judy Cassab’s Sculptor son John Seed, Gallery Director Brian

Langer explained John’s connection and services to conservation and the environment. John presented a fascinating talk to an appreciative audience, firstly

Above: Sculpture

John Seed Tethus 2009 Galvanised painted steel

explaining his own journey in regard to his on-going battles since 1979 to preserve particularly Australia’s rain forests. He rediscovered sculpture using ‘left over’ and ‘thrown away’ industrial refuse, and finds that creating his beautiful pieces is quite a spiritual experience He then outlined his family’s history, explaining their difficult times during and after the 2nd World War in Hungary. They arrived in Australia in 1951. His mother disappeared from the art scene while nursing his father until his death. After that she again turned her attention to her art, and John began to act as her agent - introducing her once more to the world. John referred to himself as a ‘naturalist’

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John Seed

Below: The audience at John’s Gallery Talk

Hungarian display

and stated that “We somehow suffer from the illusion that man is separate from nature”.

TRANSITIONS

Aspects of European Island and Regional Cultures

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This attractive and interesting exhibition portrayed the experiences and perceptions of artists

concerned with European island and regional cultures and their experiences as migrants to Australia from those areas. We were fortunate to have some of the artists whose work appeared in the exhibition present for the opening.

JEREMY WELSH

lives and works in Bergen, Norway, but has been in Australia working on the production of new photographic and video projects.

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Jeremy - pictured at left - told of his home and the

many and varied projects he has undertaken including working with sound, video, music and movement. He does a lot of collaborative work with artists - one combined electronics,

sound and painting. Presently, he was collecting images - incidental - light and shadow - left objects - towards his next exhibition. A series of mostly small images will be put together like a collage to create a ‘time line’ or map telling a story. He says... “photography is writing with light”.

Above: Effy Alexakis (left) and Nathalie Hartog- Gautier (right).

e were particularly privileged to have Jeremy Welsh, renown European new media artist and University professor, present a talk on Saturday 19 December. He usually

ransitions was on display in the Gallery from 19 December 2009 to 31 January 2010. The official Opening was performed by guest speaker Rhonda Davis, Senior Curator Macquarie University Art Gallery, pictured

His Excellency Gábor Csaba Hungarian Ambassador who officially opened the Exhibition

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