Feeling the world

The world around us abounds in texture. The texture of fine silk, of rough stone, of smooth skin, of fluffy clouds...

Texture, consequently, is an important part of the visual arts whether you can run your hands across the artwork (which is usually not an option in galleries) or whether the textural qualities react sensually with the viewers eyes.

The first exhibition of the year at Blue Knob Hall Gallery is called Tantalising Textures. It explores the textural delicacies of wood, clay, hebel, fibre, paint and mixed media as presented by various North Coast artists.

Sharonne Solk, exhibiting in the region for the first time, explores colour and depth through the thick application of oil paint in her works. Sue Boardman continues her visual and textural investigation of natures often overlooked random patterns.

And then theres felt, a most tactile medium, exploited by Robin Moore to give feel to her rainforest depictions.

Enid Taylors Travels in Texture is a collection of 21 luggage tag-sized works hand-dyed, hand-printed, embroidered intriguingly presented as an installation.

Theres even a life-size bust by Christopher Macartney-Filgate where the medium is, well, shrubbery!

And if you want texture, try combining paint with plaster, like Lydia Redl from Byron (another first time exhibitor) does with her art.

As well, theres Mac McMahon and Kate King-Fishers hebel art, Anthea Moffats oils, photography by Len Moffat and Dracsilla, plus Barbara Mills and Shirley Millers mixed media wall pieces.

Tantalising Textures runs until April 1.

The Blue Knob Hall Gallery is situated at Lillian Rock and is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm. (And there is a fine cafe there.)

For more info phone 6689 7449.

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