The Geraldton Regional Art Gallery opened on Friday evening to launch two new, exciting and high-caliber exhibitions, on view for the next five weeks.
The gallery presents The Past Stops Now, a collection of paintings and drawings by esteemed artist Peteris (Peter) Ciemitis – one of the few West Australians shortlisted for the prestigious Archibald Prize.
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The exhibition reviews Ciemitis’s work from 2008 to the present day, with a particular focus on portraiture as a psychological landscape.
Ciemitis has been shortlisted twice for the Archibald Prize and won the Black Swan Prize for Portrait in 2010 (now known as the Lester Prize).
His works have been collected by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, the National Museum of Art in Latvia, and several major Chinese state and private galleries.
BLUE is also on display, which is part of the first Indian Ocean Handicrafts Triennial and provides an opportunity for exposure to indigenous, multicultural and local craft groups.
This vibrant craft exhibit is in collaboration with the Museum of Geraldton, Yamaji Art, Geraldton Knitwits and the Midwest Multicultural Association.
Both exhibition openings were part of this year’s Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival.
The exhibitions are open to the public until November 2.