Expressive Koori paintings and bowls from Heather Kennedy, Paula Reeve, Ian Harrison, Douglas Smith and Donna Smith.
Artistic expression has always been held in high esteem, regardless of race, so it is no surprise that the current exhibition of indigenous art at Mt Waverley's Highway Gallery is being appreciated by a diverse crowd. Titled UIA (Urban Indigenous Art), the expressive works reflect a more cosmopolitan take on the traditional techniques and story lines used by aboriginal artists. Flora, fauna and environmental themes feature strongly.
UIA is the first of two exclusive Highway Gallery exhibitions in 2009 for the likes of Heather Kennedy, Paula Reeve, Ian Harrison, Douglas Smith and Donna Smith. Although representing a range of communities from Victoria and interstate, they are a group strong in their mutual support and many have achieved international showings and 'Artist in Residence' postings.
UIA is running until April 30 (not Anzac Day or Mondays) at 14 The Highway, Mt Waverley 3149. Gallery hours are Tues – Sat 11am – 5pm, Sundays 1pm – 5pm.