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Gallery to mark International Women’s Day

Blackstone Gallery will celebrate International Women’s Day by exhibiting some of the city’s most talented female artists.

‘MISTRESS 2’ is showcasing the works of 11 artists and practitioners from across the Hunter.

Gallery co-owner Marguerite Tieney said the exhibit would recognise the role that women played in society and within the industry.

“This show is not simply themed around women,” she explained.

“Instead it is a celebration and acknowledgement of the featured artists, what they have achieved in their careers and practices, and their juggling acts balancing life and a passion for the industry.”

Shortly after its debut exhibition last year, Tieney said the gallery was forced to close its doors as the state was sent into a COVID-19 lockdown.

“It’s great to see this exhibit and concept return 12 months later,” she added.

“The emerging artists who have been included in this year’s exhibition have been notably developing their practice and are about to embark on their arts career.

“This should always be encouraged and positively reinforced.”

Abstract landscape artist Ann Gordon of Stockton will feature in Blackstone Gallery’s MISTRESS 2 exhibition.

The exhibition will include notable Newcastle artists Ahn Wells, Mayfield East artist Hello Holt, abstract landscape artist Ann Gordon of Stockton, Blackstone Gallery’s own gothic expressionist Marguerite Tierney, surreal pop artist Barbie Procobis of Mayfield and Merewether’s Mila Knight, who won the Blackstone Gallery Works On Paper 2020 People’s Choice Award. 

Blackstone Gallery co-owner Tim Moran said the exhibit would appeal to many artistic tastes.

“The art is stunning – a little bit quirky, a little bit crazy – a contemporary mix of abstract art, surrealist works, and minimalist graphic pieces,” he said.

“The work is so diverse and captivating in many different ways.”

MISTRESS 2 will launch with an opening night event on Saturday 13 March.

The event includes drinks and nibbles from The Funky Drop, Pioneer Brewery Co., Dirt Candy Wines, Hart and Hunter, Topper’s Mountain and Grandis Wines.

MISTRESS 2 will continue until 30 April.

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