Deborah Halpern exhibit set to open this weekend

Renowned artist Deborah Halpern is launching her exhibition, Deborah Halpern, at the Central Goldfields Shire Art Gallery this weekend. The exhibit explores all things Alice in Wonderland and will be opened by administrator Karen Douglas on Saturday.

Visitors to the Central Goldfields Art Gallery can take a trip down the rabbit hole and take in renowned artist Deborah Halpern’s exhibit exploring all things Alice in Wonderland.

Launching this Saturday, the Deborah Halpern exhibition is a whimsical and colourful showcase featuring sculptures and works on paper by the leading Australian artist.

Visitors of all ages can discover Ms Halpern’s interpretation of some of the characters in Lewis Carroll’s story book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

A fan of the way Lewis Carroll writes, Ms Halpern said the works in the exhibition explore the concepts of reality and fantasy.

Alice in Wonderland is a much-loved story, it’s not a fantasy exactly, it’s more of a commentary on life and I think that there are moments of reality but also complete fantasy and I just love that,” she said.

Originally a potter, Ms Halpern said she is inspired by a number of artists, including Picasso and Arthur Boyd, who express themselves in a “lively and exciting” way.

The works featured in this exhibition include unique works on paper and a number of Ms Halpern’s famous mosaic pieces.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the gallery is also hosting a family day on Saturday with a range of activities on offer. Events include:

• 1 to 2 pm: printmaking with Deborah Halpern (bookings essential).

• 2.15 pm: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Storytelling with the Mad Hatter (no bookings required).

• 2.30 to 3.30 pm: printmaking with Deborah Halpern (bookings essential).

The exhibition will be on display at the gallery until June 23, 2019. Central Goldfields Art Gallery is open from Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm and is located at the old fire station, Neill Street, Maryborough.

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