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Online Exhibitions

Redland Poets Cornered exhibition was opened on 8th March. It contains a selection of poems by Redland identities past and present, together with related works of art. Ruth Venner, Robyn Foster, Narelle Renn and Jan Acton are among the artists and poets represented. All these artists have exhibited paintings and poems in the Museum in previous exhibitions. We encourage you to take a moment and enjoy a virtual tour of the exhibit with this short video.

Poems by Ruth Venner FRSASA.
Renowned Macleay Island artist and calligrapher, Ruth Venner is recognised internationally for her beautiful works. Mostly self-taught, Ruth was influenced along the way by the most famous modern calligrapher, David Jackson, the Queen’s Scribe. Another major influence was Dr Lawrence Chan, an expert painter and calligrapher from the Wu Change Shu school in Shanghai. Ruth’s poetry features in many of her works. Hearing her recite is an absolute delight. She plays a major role in local art circles and is recognised for her enthusiasm and the quality of her work.

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In the Textile Gallery admire the elegant ensembles worn by ladies of the Redlands in the past, including clothing belonging to the granddaughter of Elizabeth Sherrin. John and Elizabeth were the first settlers in Cleveland in the 1800s. The very fragile family Bible they carried with them all the way to Australia is on display. Also featured are suffragette’s sashes on two gowns very similar in age and style to those worn by the suffragettes when they were trying to obtain the vote for women in the early 1900s. Wonder over a formal gown, the material hand-painted by textile artist Paula Bloch, the gown designed and made by Susan Gillespie, for a reception at Australian National Gallery to celebrate the purchase of the abstract expressionist painting "Blue Poles" by Jackson Pollock In 1976.