Top of the Torrens Gallery exhibit works from Tea Tree Gully

The Off the Couch Art Group from Tea Tree Gully opened their eleventh annual exhibition at Top of the Torrens Galley on Sunday, March 31, entitled 'Different Strokes XI'.

Catherine Watkins, who opened the exhibition, said that Top of the Torrens is one of the best Community Galleries in SA.

The Off the Couch Art Group, which has been going for many years gives its members the opportunity to work together in a friendly atmosphere and encourages artists to give it a go and in so doing inspires the members to heights they may never have achieved on their own.

She thanked her co-member, Annette Dawson, who curated and hung the exhibition and she also thanked the gallery members, who supported the exhibition with the serving of nibbles and drinks and volunteers to keep the gallery open during the exhibition period.

Joe Dennis demonstrated her ability to handle several mediums, namely watercolour, oil and pastel.

The centre piece of the exhibition is her large oil painting of two kangaroos, which are keeping a wily lookout from the shelter of the gumtrees but my favourite is the watercolour of Suffolk sheep near Mount Remarkable at Melrose.

She is also showing some magnificent large earthen-ware, glazed pots with lids, decorated alternately with wrens, leaves or hillsides.

Also dominating the exhibition is an oil triptych, 'Incoming Tide', which demonstrates the immensity of the tides near the mouth of the Finniss River in the Northern Territory. It is a magnificent painting.

Alana has also perfected the art of Nuno Felting with her superb wraps made from felt, silk and lace and hand dyed. They are spectacular and just the thing if you are going to the theatre on a cold wintry night.

One of the most delightful pieces in the exhibition is Violet Moylan's very small pencil sketch called simply, 'The Children'. Violet was sitting quietly during the exhibition, demonstrating her great skill as an artist alongside her friend, Kay Paterson, whose ink picture of poppies really caught my eye. I had no idea that inks came in such brilliant colours.

Annette Dawson's lino print 'Spring Splendour' of some exquisite purple flowers being visited by a delicate little nectar loving bee indicate her mastery of this medium and she is also showing a very impressive acrylic of Eyre's Rock and some delightful hand painted silk scarves.

Max Stanya has an excellent lino print of "Carrickalinga" and Kay Patchet also has an interesting lino print of her athletic granddaughter called 'Warm Up' and an oil, which captures the drama of a storm in the middle of a brilliant sunset.

Catherine Watkins has a most delicate pastel/pencil entitled 'Numbat' and Frances Lukeman's oil 'Forsaken' with old farm machinery and shed with chooks scratching about is a very nostalgic piece.

Ray Zielonka has captivated the various moods of the ocean with her watercolours 'Rocky Bay Freycinet' and 'Haasts Bluff', while Roberto Rivera demonstrates his love of animals and his eye for seeing nature in all its moods with his wide variety of work.

Margaret Morton demonstrates how pastels can be used with such different results with her two pieces, the soft colours of the 'Yapilla Hills' in the Flinders Ranges and the very deep colours of the African cuddling a baby gorilla entitled 'Peace'.

Also demonstrating great contrast is Margaret Chalk with her delicate watercolour of 'Helebors' and her 'Cheeky Quince', which jumps out from a deep black background.

Last but not least are Hazel Harding's two brilliant acrylics of people enjoying a day on the beach under the protection of the jetty and the outstanding still life 'Apples and Nastursiums'.

Make sure to get along to the Top of the Torrens at Birdwood before the exhibition finishes on May 12.

The gallery is located at Shannon Street, Birdwood and open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am-4pm.

For more details, phone 8568 2319.