A delightful, bright spring afternoon was on hand on Sunday, September 9 to herald the opening of the latest exhibition at the Top Of The Torrens Art Gallery in Birdwood.
This event features the works of the Modbury based ‘Off The Couch Art’ group.
In opening the exhibition, Francine Everingham paid tribute to her late husband Peter, who had been a member of the group.
She also spoke of the general and mental health benefits of being involved in artistic endeavours.
“Creating Art increases brain activity, can relieve stress and encourage positive, creative thinking” she explained.
“Then there is ‘viewing art’, which is also known to increase empathy, tolerance and a feeling of wellbeing”.
She further pointed out that the real bonus of the course is that anyone can do either or both of these endeavours.
United in their support and encouragement of each other, ‘Off The Couch’ members range from beginners, through hobbyists to professional artists. They describe their spectrum of artistic interests and styles as eclectic.
Members say they are making our mark, individually and collectively, and are passionate about creative expression, with a commitment to promoting visual arts in the community.
Pencil, pastel, watercolour, charcoal, pen and ink, acrylic, oil, pottery, mosaics and printing (lino cut and woodblock) are among the many mediums currently used.
The group are particularly excited about their recent acquisition of an Enjay Printing Press with the assistance of a community grant from Tea Tree Gully Council combined with major fundraising by the members.
Kay Paterson and Max Stayner were on hand at the Top of The Torrens exhibition opening to demonstrate the processes involved in cutting and printing from a lino block.
The exhibition is open 11am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday and continues through until October 14.