Gallery Exhibition - Into the Forest

Exhibition: 28th February – 17th April, 2017

By Kathleen Scott-McCue and Anda-Leigh Reilly

Kathleen Scott-McCue has been interested in art all her life, and is originally from Mangrove Mountain near Gosford on a property surrounded by nature. The family relocated to Sydney in 1965.

Grenfell Art Gallery - Into the Forest by Kathleen Scott-McCue

Living in Sydney for many years raising her family with husband David left her yearning for wide open spaces so when the opportunity came, the family move to Merriwa then Grenfell 3 years later.

Grenfell has been very supportive of her artistic endeavours over the last 15 years and she has managed to juggle the demands of a career in nursing, grandchildren and establishing herself as an accomplished artist in the region.

A lifelong dream of owning her own gallery came to fruition and Patina Gallery Grenfell was established in 2014.

Kathleen has sought tuition in many art mediums in her journey toward excellence and has attended many schools and workshops to increase her knowledge.

Grenfell Art Gallery - Into the Forest by Kathleen Scott-McCue

“I was asked to be part of this exhibition with photographer Anda-Leigh Reilly two months ago and originally thought OMG what works am I going to exhibit, I don’t have time to do any new large floral works which are the style I am recognised for. Anda already had the exhibition title in mind - after spending time in my forest up the back of our property I started to settle in and absorb inspiration every day, my phone was filled with images for possible works.

When I started letting the paint flow the works amazingly appeared in front of me coming from within. I have to admit I was out of control for a few weeks splashing squirting and dripping colour on every surface I could find. These Golden Flow acrylics are an amazing medium to work with and the layering possibilities are endless.

I hope everyone enjoys my explorations of the forest as much as I did creating them and if I inspire just one person to get their paints out and play then I’m happy. The sculptures are of birds you may find in your garden or in the forest and are made from found scrap steel and are ground and welded with a lot of love as well as blood sweat and tears. They are like my little family and they all have their own personality. If you put one of these in your garden I hope the energy I put into creating them flows around your garden and invigorates you."

Grenfell Art Gallery - Into the Forest by Anda-Leigh Reilly

Anda-Leigh Reilly has led a reasonably nomadic lifestyle since finishing university on the Gold Coast where she completed a Bachelor of Health Science. Her lifestyle was the consequence of taking up truck driving as an occupation – following the work place to place until she arrived in Grenfell. Here she found the flexibility to return to study and completed a Graduate Diploma of Rural Science. Her only formal art education was year 11 and 12 ‘Visual Art’ through A.B. Paterson College. This education had a strong emphasis on digital art.

Her scientific mindedness has been carried over into photos. Nature and the natural world feature prominently in her photography. This is strongly reflected by her love of macro photographs. She is fascinated by repetitious and intricate patterns of microenvironments and minute features that are often overlooked.

Anda has won several prizes at local level agricultural shows including ‘Champion Photograph’ at the Bourke Show.

She is interested in realistic depiction of subjects in their detail but enjoys the juxtaposition of surrealism particularly in the digital medium.

Grenfell Art Gallery - Into the Forest by Anda-Leigh Reilly

“As long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the beauty of nature’s finer, more intricate details. My family and friends can attest to this, frequently holding up the party during bushwalks while I stop to study nature’s wonders in its finest detail. A majority of the photos have been captured on local weekend ramblings. Most people thoroughly appreciate the scenic views during a bushwalk but I often wonder how many pause to have a closer look at the smaller things.”