Glass theme in two exhibitions at USC Gallery

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Glass theme in two exhibitions at USC Gallery

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Published on 2 March 2012

2 March 2012

Two remarkable exhibitions exploring themes of glass – as a metaphor and as an object of beauty – will open at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 8 March.

Gladstone artist Melanie Jai will share her heartfelt journey into the chaos and confusion of autism in Through the Looking Glass, presented by the Queensland Arts Council’s Exhibition Touring Program.

Chris Pantano's Rainforest open bowlThe Arts Council’s Exhibition Touring Director, Lisa Beilby, said Ms Jai used painting to reflect on the inner world of her autistic son.

“By focussing on child-like subjects such as Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, puppets and dolls, the art works represent an imagined adventure trail into her son’s experiences,” she said.

“The paintings are large-scale and striking in their fantastic portraiture. Melanie connects with the fairytale land of villains and heroes that her son so often retreats to and her whimsical paintings will inspire understanding, compassion and acceptance for those affected by mental health issues.”

This exhibition is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and .

The second exhibition, Chris Pantano: 25 years of Glass Making, will be opened by John Davies, the former owner and director of Gallery “D” Montville.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said Mr Pantano was an internationally recognised glass artist who lives on the Sunshine Coast.

“He draws inspiration from the landscape but his studies in philosophy and linguistics, spirituality and symbolism also inform his often complex artworks,” she said.

“You will see an artist who loves the medium of glass and who has, over the past 25 years, experimented with texture, colour and design to create an amazing body of work.

“Chris’s art is represented in most major Australian collections including the Queensland Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria and in Australia’s Parliament House, Canberra and international collections in the USA, Germany and Japan.”

Both exhibitions will be on display from 8 March to 14 April at the USC Gallery, located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, but is closed Sundays and public holidays.

The 2012 University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery exhibition program is supported by The Proost De Deyne Family, owners of Big Kart Track Sunshine Coast.

— Terry Walsh

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