By Angela Norval
Local artist Marilyn Murray showcases exquisite skill and technique with her latest exhibition, Meeting History in Miniature, featuring 100 miniature acrylic paintings of buildings and architectural elements of buildings in South East Queensland.
Visitors to the exhibition will see first-hand how detailed and intricate each artwork is, as each individually framed painting measures just 6.4 x 8.9 cm, barely larger than a credit card .
The exhibition focuses on historic meeting places in South East Queensland, such as country churches, community halls, pubs, old cinemas – wherever the focal point of community connection is or was. .
Marilyn has held five solo exhibitions at municipal and community galleries and has also exhibited with the Childers Visual Arts Group and other local art groups, and has been published in Artist Pallett magazine with an eight-page demo piece.
She has also won numerous awards for her work in statewide art competitions and is proud to have her works found in private and public collections in Australia and overseas.
Marilyn has been on an interesting artistic journey that began when she was a child, helping her busy mother make most of the clothes for their large family.
Marilyn also dabbled in fabric arts, including teaching patchwork quilting for 10 years before her painting journey began in 2005 when she took a course at the Brisbane Relaxation Center called “Drawing on the Side right brain” and realized she could actually draw.
Aside from a short course in pastels, Marilyn is largely self-taught, although she appreciates having a lot of knowledge from members of the Childers Visual Arts Group of which she is a long-time member.
Generally, Marilyn’s work is realistic with her subject matter including landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lifes and wildlife.
“This exhibition at Childers Art Space is the culmination of a long-held dream since I arrived at Childers in 2007,” said Marilyn.
“I hope my exhibit will trigger fond memories for people of the past and I imagine comments such as Oh this is where my parents got married, I had a wonderful first date in this pub, where I had my 21st birthday in this room.
“My works are very personal to me because each evokes a person, a place or an animal that I have encountered during my life.
“So I hope my images of hangouts past and present will trigger positive emotions in its viewers.”
The exhibition opens on Saturday July 23 at 3 p.m. and light meals will be served.