Artwork inspired by Weddin shire

Artist Nicole Berlach (back middle) with uncle Don Berman, husband Brendan Berlach, mother Lyn Berman, cousin Jay Berman and grandmother Pat Berman.
Artist Nicole Berlach (back middle) with uncle Don Berman, husband Brendan Berlach, mother Lyn Berman, cousin Jay Berman and grandmother Pat Berman.

Last Friday evening, March 2, saw the official opening of Grenfell Art Gallery’s current exhibition titled ‘Woodland Plains’ created by talented artist Nicole Berlach.

Nicole has prepared a series of intricate watercolour works exploring the grasslands of the region, the artwork has been inspired by the natural history of the Weddin shire, and draws on Nicole’s family heritage in the region.

Her great grandfather was granted a soldier-settlement parcel which was farmed by three generations, and her grandmother, Pat Berman, still resides in Grenfell.

Nicole was invited to exhibit by the Grenfell Art Gallery after viewing one of her works exhibited in the Henry Lawson Festival art exhibition.

Alongside Nicole's work is a collection of woven pieces by Wiradjuri language teacher Peta-Joy Williams, and basket-weaver Lissa de Sailles, both exploring the native grasses from their own tactile perspective.

Nicole is thrilled to have her collection on display at the Grenfell Art Gallery and would like to invite residents to come along and view her works.

“I have a strong family connection to Grenfell and the Weddin Shire and a lot of my pieces have been inspired by the shire’s natural beauty,” says Nicole.

The stunning exhibition will run from February 27 – April 15, 2018 in the Grenfell Art Gallery which is located in the Community Hub building in Main Street.

The Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm, residents are encouraged to take a visit to the gallery to view the impressive “Woodland Plains” exhibition.

For further information contact Grenfell Arts and tourism officer Claire McCann on 02 6343 2059.