Pop-up exhibition showcasing the paintings of West Coast artist, Rose-Marie LeRoi (1942 – 2000) and other Tasmanian artists
passionate about wilderness.
Curator: Rebecca Whyte
Organisers: Jeannie-Marie LeRoi, Serena King
“Going to the mountains is going home…”
– John Muir
Re-turn to Wild was inspired by nature and its role as nurturer and provider. In our busy world where we are disconnected from its living force, this exhibition provides a moment of reflection, of appreciation – a moment where we can turn to nature and be re-energised and re-newed.
Re-turn to Wild showcases the artworks of Rose-Marie LeRoi, (painting under her maiden name of Kent) which were mostly created during her time living in Zeehan on the West Coast of Tasmania during the 1970s and early 1980s. Her works ranged from landscapes to the more abstract, to those that provided a commentary on the social and environmental issues of the day, including the role of religion, indigenous rights, Lake Pedder and the proposed Franklin Dam, and the legacy of mining on the West Coast. Rose-Marie was passionate about Tasmanian wilderness and her works reflected the unique landscapes of the West Coast, with one of her series of paintings particularly focused on takyana/ the Tarkine.
Rose-Marie valued being immersed in nature through her love of bushwalking, and believed strongly in returning to the community through her involvement in local activities. She was instrumental in bringing awareness of the arts to West Coast mining communities in the 1970s, through revitalising the local art gallery, obtaining funding for an art acquisition program (works acquired are currently curated by the West Coast Heritage Centre), initiating local art awards and exhibitions. She also taught art through Adult Education and TAFE, and ran school holiday art workshops for local students.
Rose-Marie imparted the importance of returning to community to her family. To support arts education, particularly for those in isolated areas, the family, in partnership with the University of Tasmania, established the Rose-Marie LeRoi Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts. This scholarship has assisted a number of students from regional areas for the last 10 years, an important milestone also celebrated by this exhibition.
With returning to nature and returning to community being the key themes of this exhibition, it has been a pleasure to invite emerging and established Tasmanian artists to be part of Re-turn to Wild, to share their art works and creations, their ideas and insights. The works of Kerry Martin, a highly experienced and accredited artist inspired by her fascination for the beauty of the natural world, will be featured.
Proceeds from Re-turn to Wild will be returned to the wilderness of the West Coast by supporting the work of the Bob Brown Foundation, in raising awareness of the remote and wild takyana/the Tarkine, one of the last great wild places on the planet with globally unique natural and cultural values.
We all have a need to return to wild –
to listen to those quiet places of the soul,
to feel the timeless landscape in our hearts,
to interpret its lesson in our lives.
We invite you to return to wild with us.
Friday 28 – Sunday 30 October 2016
DAILY OPENING HOURS:
Friday 28 October 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 29 October 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 30 October 2016, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Rose-Marie LeRoi. Sunset (1967). Oil on masonite, 245 x 125cm.
Rose-Marie LeRoi. The Rock (1967). Oil on masonite, 245 x 125cm.
Photographs by S. King