Artist has solo show in store Stephen Taylor email@example.com IT’S never too late to have your first solo art exhibition. That’s what 85-year-old Mornington resident Brian Gibbs thought – and last week he was busy hanging 18 paintings on the walls of the Somers store for an eightweek show. Gibbs, who retired after 30 years as an engineer with and international oil company, began painting when he came to the Mornington Peninsula in 1986. “I retired to pursue my interest in art and water colours,” he said. “I joined the Peninsula Arts Society, taking classes with Robert Wade, Colin Johnson and Ron Muller, and did workshops with other water colourists. I also did life drawing classes and exhibited in various art shows.” Gibbs won a first prize at the Red Hill Art Show and has sold his works in England, Germany, France, the US and here in Australia, but the Somers exhibition is his first one-man show. His wife Georgie is an enthusiastic supporter: “My husband has three drawers full of beautiful paintings and has never shown any,” she said. Gibb is confident of selling his works, which include traditional and figurative works, and are priced up to $375. Peninsula scenes include Bushrangers Bay and Chilean buskers performing at the Emu Plains market. The Somers store is an ideal setting, he says. “It’s got a little gallery and they get a lot of people there.” Any first-night jitters: “No, I am not nervous; it’s all out there,” he said. Interest in his works is becoming apparent: “I have already sold two paintings.”
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Virtual tour for art’s sake
Going solo: Georgie and Brian Gibbs with one of his landscapes. Picture: Micah Mills
THOSE attending a talk at the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society this week will be taken on a virtual tour of a town in the US and learn of the modernist architectural vision that underpins it. Monash University research fellow Dr Matthew Laing will speak at 5.30pm, Friday 24 March, at the Peninsula Community Theatre in Wilsons Rd, Mornington. His subject is the town of Columbus in south Indiana which he says has an extraordinary architectural legacy. About 60 buildings are listed as national landmarks of modernist American architecture, thanks to the vision and passion of local businessman J Irwin Miller, long-time CEO of diesel engine maker, Cummins Corporatio. Mr Miller transformed his hometown into a modernist utopia with nearly all of its public buildings and community spaces designed by world-leading architects. ADFAS’s hour-long Friday lectures are illustrated and are followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the lecturer and fellow members. The cost to non-members is $20. New members are welcome. Details call 9787 2092.
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Southern Peninsula News 21 March 2017