Local Flavour and the Art Life on show for three artists at the Old Stone Hall Gallery, Beechworth

Last month heralded the official opening of the Old Stone Hall Gallery and guests (including Saturday's members of MAMA bus tour as part of the Circuit weekend) were treated to an inspiring collection of multi-layered, colourful abstracts and sharply contrasting photographic images of the landscapes and the built environment. Three Beechworth artists, Dianne De Cerchi, Nina Machielse Hunt and Erin Hartwig, each uniquely 'Imagining the Landscape' in their first group exhibition. The Old Stone Hall Gallery is a working studio for Beechworth Photographers and a brand new exhibition space and multipurpose venue located at 7 Church Street, Beechworth, Victoria. Open Wednewday -Sunday from 10am - 3pm, until 10 July 2015.

Dianne De Cerchi (Mangan)
There is a 'layering' in many of Dianne's artworks, colours and shapes overlap; this translucency in form relates to 'what lies behind', 'what is hidden', and 'what we may imagine'. Works explore elements of form, space, colour and the tension created through the use of simple shape, form and line. The current 2015 series of abstractions, featured in this 'Imagining the Landscape' exhibition, utilises an expressive mode of approaching the canvas. The texture, layering, colour and form of the works become the visual language.

Erin Hartwig
Erin has been working as a photographer for over ten years. Erin relocated to the North East with her husband and young family where she started her own business as a professional photographer, Beechworth Photographers. Throughout Erin's photographic career she has exhibited in several group exhibitions. 

Nina Machielse Hunt
Nina loves being alone in the landscape; walking, sitting, thinking, feeling and absorbing it. More aspects are revealed the longer one looks, actual, imagined or desired. To look and simply breath is her meditation.
"I truly love the landscape in and around Beechworth and since settling here I find this part of the Victorian bush with all its variety, an endless source of inspiration".

Photo credit: Erin Hartwig