Artist captures the moment

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THE South Alive Community Artspace in the South City Mall is hosting an exhibition of landscape works by local artist Josie Hibbs.

The exhibition runs until Friday, October 6, and will be open from 10am to 2pm daily.

Hibbs said she usually got her ideas from listening to other people’s conversations, watching TV or “just random inspiration”, but her dynamic pastel and oil pastel works had been inspired by her memories of landscapes familiar throughout her life.

The works were selected from 105 landscapes at her home which had each been completed in about 10 minutes, she said.

“I work extremely fast. Some years ago I discovered oil pastels and I thought they were the best thing ever. They’re easily affordable, and a black piece of paper as a backdrop really brings out the colours.”

The exhibition comes after Hibbs sold all three paintings she exhibited at the community art gallery in 2015, and an exhibition of images exploring dance, movement and freedom at the gallery in March last year, she said.

Despite feeling “nervous and scared” about the exhibition, Hibbs said she thought Southlanders with more conservative tastes in art might appreciate the landscapes.

She was also working on a series of 72 images featuring hearts and crosses, some of which she hoped to exhibit in the future, she said.

“Hearts are a symbol of truth and crosses are a symbol of what we bear,” she said.

For more information about the South Alive Community Artspace, phone 218 6882.

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