Two local artists with more than their names in common have collaborated to produce Ocean Dreaming, a unique exhibition of hand shaped timber surfboards, which launches at the Manning Regional Art Gallery thisThursday, May 31.
Call it coincidence, call it fate - but the happy confluence of the loves and life of Andy Snelgar and Andy Wallace, expressed in Ocean Dreaming is an amazing addition to the Mid Coast's artistic scene.
By coincidence, each Andy was seeking the other out, attracted by the appreciation of each other's body of work. Andy Snelgar was after a timber board and Andy Wallace looking to purchase some of Andy’s traditional art.
Upon meeting the pair discovered they had a good deal in common, not least a passion for all things surfing, a love for traditional crafts and most importantly a commitment to authenticity in their respective arts.
With this foundation Andy Wallace approached Andy Snelgar with the idea they team up and do a series of hand shaped timber boards by Andy Wallace featuring the intricate traditional carvings of Andy Snelgar.
‘Ocean Dreaming’ is a unique exhibition of classic hollow and “alaia” surfboards featuring the cultural imagery of our ancient home.
Manning Regional Art Gallery is expecting a mixture of local art enthusiasts to the opening of the exhibition from 6pm on Thursday, May 31 - some salty types, some wood craft lovers, lovers of Indigenous art and all those with an affinity with the beauty of our coastal surrounds and the unique character of the Mid Coast landscape.
The launch is free to attend, and the exhibition continues at the gallery until Sunday, June 24.
Visit manningregionalartgallery.com.au for more information and to see more Art Gallery events.
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