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Mrs Harris’s Shop was established in 1932 as a grocery shop. It is sort of a ‘corner store’ but not on the corner. It is nestled among suburban cottages in Torrensville, just a few kilometres from Adelaide’s city centre. Earlier this year it re-opened as a gallery space by the current Mrs Harris who is two generations removed from the original owner. With five other artists I will be showing work there from this weekend until mid-December.
I know two of the other artists personally. M is a dear friend from art school and teachers college days. For many years we painted together once a week while our other lives were swirling around us. Those sessions were an oasis of calm. M has been painting and teaching art for a long time as well as raising a family and living in and travelling to all sorts of interesting places in the world. All of that, but has never exhibited. After all this time and much urging from me, she will have her debut with some of her flower pastels this weekend. So that is exciting! The other artist friend, A-M, is also a talented art teacher. We met about 15 years ago through a mutual friend with whom she set up a gallery in the small town of Penola in South Australia’s South East. A-M produces energetic expressive landscapes, is an experienced exhibitor and was quite un-flappable during the hanging! I plan to post more of the show next time, but here are some of my pieces.
The gardens of Urrbrae House, an 1890s mansion sited on what is now the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus.
I posted this headland study in an earlier blog.
It is a collection of very small works. If you have visited this site before they might be familiar. I am hoping to move them on to clear the decks.