On the 4th April, Vario the print exchange between members of the Southern Highlands Printmakers, Impress Printmakers in Brisbane, Virtually 6 (Cardiff, UK) and the Hawaiian Print Group opened in the new Impress Gallery at the Impress Printmakers’ new workspace in the old Kedron Sub-station in Brisbane.

Marianne, as President of the Southern Highlands Printmakers, the group that initiated the exchange, gave a brief overview of the project acknowledging in particular the pivotal roles of fellow SHP member Tony Ameneiro and Angela Gardner current president of Impress. This was the 6th time the portfolio has been exhibited and marked a coming home for the Impress Group who have been working for quite some time to set up a working space of their own – and what a space it is – fully equipped as a print workshop and gallery.

The opening was not without new building glitches and at one stage looked as if it might set the record for the first print by candlelight exhibition as the power failed and proceedings got underway courtesy of emergency torches.  But the emergency electricians did their thing and the lights came on showing the works to great effect.  An excellent crowd enjoyed the exhibition and the new location.

Full sets of the Vario exchange are now held in the collections of the Australian National Gallery and the National Museum of Wales and at the opening Angela was delighted to be able to announce that their full set will now join the collection of the Rockhampton Regional Gallery in North Queensland.   And finally a special thank you to Gwenn Tasker and her husband, Angela Garner and John Doyle for the warm hospitality Sandra Shrubb, The SHP’s Secretary, and Marianne received  while they were in Brisbane.

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