“Celebrating Qualering” will be a celebration remembered by family and friends of Tony & Maria Guinness in years to come.
The Shearing Shed was transformed into a gallery space to rival any art event with all its vintage character and intricate spaces. You were greeted by the “Emu by the Back Gate” (mallee wood sculpture) and “Rusty” the dog ( Metal sculpture) before entering the Gallery.
Visitors peered through doorways and across sheep pens to view some of the art. The wool press was even a valued space to feature Rachael Guinness’s Fine Art Photography, mounted inside.
The Guinness family were represented by daughter Rachael Guinness with photography from her recent visit to South Africa, cousin Linda Guinness with her art and sculptures, aunt Pat Guinness with her beautiful oil and watercolour paintings.
As the featured artist I had my art, weathered wood sculptures and nature photography on display.
I dedicated a section to artworks that celebrated Qualering farm. The shearing shed, shearers, farm dogs, gardens, fence posts, even Tony with his sheep. All had a story to be told. A photobook recording the Scidone Family visits over the past 30 years was also on show.
The wood sculptures were all from material collected around Qualering farm.
As a prelude to the exhibition Maria hosted an art workshop with 5 of her friends on the farm.
Worth mentioning was Tony’s contribution to the overall aesthetics and culture with his version of, The “Haystacks” 2017, as he built the chorale around the bonfire.
If you would like to “Celebrate Your Farm” take a look at the potential by viewing the gallery below.
Check this link to the paintings that were inspired by the farm