Thoughtfully curated by Eve Crocker and Annette Walton Guerin from a large body of work by highly regarded local artist Sarah's Trethowan, the Sarah Trethowan Retrospective exhibition at Violet Town's backARTS Gallery fills all gallery spaces, with the back gallery also including tables displaying Sarah's poetry. .
Opening the exhibition on Sunday afternoon, 15th September, Sarah's friend, artist Penny Bristol Jones, spoke with deep affection of Sarah, describing their sharing of artistic discussions, dreams and .experiences for over 30 years,. Seeing so much of Sarah's work exhibited together proved to be very moving for many of those who came together to celebrate her life and work.
The opening of Sarah's exhibition also marked the opening of extensions to the backARTS gallery, which now has a front gallery facing the street, two interlinking smaller spaces and a back gallery space. The back gallery spaces link through to the museum and Babbler's Cafe and open out onto a versatile courtyard area. Benalla's Classical Guitar Ensemble played in the courtyard during Sarah's opening, where Sarah's friends and family drank good wine, ate from plentiful platters of finger food, and shared stories and memories of Sarah.
Sarah Trethowan joined and exhibited at NEA in 2017/early 2018. This exhibition honors Sarah's life and work as an artist and is a wonderful opportunity to remember Sarah, an active and passionate artist in North East Victoria for many years. The exhibition continues until the 10th November.
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