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Animal – Vegetable – Mineral: Art Exhibition

31 May – 28 June 2024
Opening Night: Friday, 31 May at 5:30 PM

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming art exhibition, “Animal – Vegetable – Mineral,” showcasing the extraordinary works of three acclaimed artists: Gayle Lee, Phil Ryan, and Ronda Teakel. This captivating exhibition will run from 31 May to 28 June 2024, with a special opening night event on Friday, 31 May, starting at 5:30 PM.

Meet the Artists

Gayle Lee

Gayle Lee’s stunning oil paintings vividly capture the essence of Australian landscapes, inviting viewers to experience the diverse and majestic scenery of her homeland. As a local artist in Victoria and NSW’s high country, the natural beauty surrounding her is a constant inspiration. Gayle’s love for art blossoms into painting after her children left home and retired. The 2020 bushfires connect her with fellow artists, sparking a more regular painting practice. Nature, especially the magnificent trees, provides abundant subject matter. Gayle strives to convey atmosphere, form, and color with oils, watercolors, pastels, or acrylics. Gayle’s greatest pride comes from provoking thoughts and emotions, inviting others into her world of art.

Phil Ryan

Phil Ryan’s art explores the vibrant and diverse world of plant life, now often incorporating animals into his works. Trained in both science and art, Phil has worked with Forests NSW and CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products for over 25 years as a research scientist. Until 2005, painting was a part-time pursuit, done in a rush during holidays. In 2005, he seized the opportunity to leave Canberra and establish a studio in the old Kunama Public School house, south of Batlow NSW.

Recent events necessitated moving from Kunama to Tumbarumba NSW. Phil produces landscape paintings focusing on the simple components of rock, vegetation, and water, often emphasising foreground detail. Using acrylic paints in a colourful, thick, textured style, he frequently adds other media to enhance the effect. In some cases, Phil employs mixed media to create a 3D surface that accentuates texture and/or affects perspective. Discover more about Phil and his work on his website: [Myopic Landscapes](

Ronda Teakel

Ronda Teakel, who holds a Graduate Diploma in Art, and her husband are farmers in the Upper Murray. The rugged, tree-covered hills and the natural landscape inform her art practice. These artworks are based on walking through the bush and gathering a multitude of gum leaves that are intricately shaped and varied. Careful observation of the commonplace reveals the beauty that we often take for granted. The gum leaves mark the ecologically interwoven cycles of our bushland. Ronda is a supporter of local art groups, Bridge the River Arts and Artists on Parade, and works to promote interest in visual art within her community.

Opening Night Celebration

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we kick off the “Animal – Vegetable – Mineral” exhibition. This is a unique opportunity to meet the artists, explore their works, and gain insight into their creative processes. Enjoy an evening filled with art, conversation, and refreshments in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.

Event Details:
– Date: Friday, 31 May 2024
– Time: 5:30 PM
– Location: Tumbarumba Artists on Parade, 13 The Parade, Tumbarumba NSW 2653

We look forward to celebrating this special event with you. Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in the worlds of animal, vegetable, and mineral through the eyes of three remarkable artists.

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