• Helen Stephens

Gallery welcomes entomologists

Our current exhibition, Insectarium, has had entomologists from near and far visiting the gallery to enjoy the sight of so many bees, beetles, wasps, butterflies, bugs and caterpillars, all so skilfully painted by the seven exhibiting artists – Nicola Dickson, Liz Faul, Cheryl Hodges, Jo Hollier, Tanya Hoolihan, Peter Marsack and Bessie Nunes.

26.Nicola Dickson, Monarch butterfly metamorphosis - ode to Maria Sibylla Merian,

2020. Acrylic and oil on linen. 91x76cm

I am happy to report that we have had good sales. With one more week to go there is still a chance to visit and walk away with one of these beautiful paintings. It is also an opportunity to purchase a Nicola Dickson painting. This established and highly regarded Canberra artist recently had a sell out exhibition at Beaver Galleries, ACT. We are honoured to have her exhibiting in Insectarium curated by Cheryl Hodges.

Cheryl is a natural history artist painting plants and insects beautifully rendered in watercolour. As a teacher of botanical and insect illustration in Canberra and online, she has a large following and we have enjoyed the many conversations about insects and how to illustrate them.

Tanya Hoolihan has impressive qualifications as Doctor of Natural History Illustration from Newcastle University, Callaghan and was awarded the Faculty Award for Research Higher Degree, the University Medal and Faculty of Science and IT Medal. She is currently Lecturer in Botanical Illustration and Advanced Field Studies at Newcastle University.

21.Tanya Hoolihan, Tailed Emperor butterfly – polyura Pyrrhus.

Watercolour and graphite on Arches paper. 25x35cm.

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