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Media release

15 November 2021

Tweed Shire Council

'Softening the Eyes' shines new light on everyday objects

New exhibition by Bangalow's Nadja Kabriel on display from December

Nadja Kabriel - Bangalow Market

Nadja Kabriel, Bangalow Market 2021, oil on board 92 x 106cm.

Artist Nadja Kabriel works from her studio in the NSW Northern Rivers town of Bangalow. Her new exhibition titled Softening the Eyes will be on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from Friday 3 December 2021 until Sunday 20 January 2022.

Softening the Eyes is the artist’s response to her surroundings and her place in them. The inspiration for these works comes when Kabriel sees, in a new light, the objects that she normally walks past unnoticed. By painting them from this new perspective, she returns herself to reality.

“As humans we are always trying to make sense of our place and deal with the truth of our mortal position in the world,” Kabriel said.

“So by softening my eyes and turning my attention inwards, my primary objective is to return the viewer to reality, to the present, to something that will make us feel connected and at home.”

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman OAM said: “Nadja is a talented painter who has a a great eye for colour and pattern. The exhibition will encourage visitors to look at these everyday objects, which can be found around our homes, as potential objects of beauty.”

Kabriel holds a Bachelor of Art History and Theory from the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Over the summer school holiday period, the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre will be highlighting the still life genre with activities for the family.

From 12 November to 30 January, visitors to the Gallery are invited to use the objects provided, set up and draw their own still life composition in the Gallery Foyer.

Public Programs

Drop In and Draw 
Sunday 5 December | 11am–3pm | Free | Drop In
Drop in to the Gallery and create your own still life set up inspired by the exhibition. Nadja will be on hand to offer insights into her practice and tips you can try in the Gallery and at home. All materials provided. No bookings required but capacity limits apply.

Official Opening
Friday 10 December | 5.30–8pm | $20 | Bookings essential
Join us for the opening celebrations with guest speaker artist Mostyn Bramley-Moore. Enjoy a complimentary drink and light refreshments upon arrival.
Places are limited | Bookings essential: https://decemberopenings.eventbrite.com.au

Natives by Nadja Kabriel
Nadja Kabriel, Natives 2021, oil on board, 122 x 92cm.


Photo 1: Bangalow Market

Nadja Kabriel, Bangalow Market 2021, oil on board 92 x 106cm.

Photo 2: Natives

Nadja Kabriel, Natives 2021, oil on board, 122 x 92cm.

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Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
2 Mistral Road (corner of Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah South)
PO Box 816 Murwillumbah, NSW 2484

Web: artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au
Email: tweedart@tweed.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 02 6670 2790

The Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (Café 10 am to 4 pm)

For all media or interview requests please call 02 6670 2136 or email communicationstsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au

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