16 June 2020

Renovated Mogo Gallery to reopen with Judy Lawler exhibition

| Sharon Kelley
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The Gallery at Mogo

Judy Lawler’s exhibition at The Gallery Mogo will be open for eight weeks from Friday, 19 June. Photo: Supplied.

The Gallery at Mogo will reopen on Friday, 19 June, with a feature exhibition by artist Judy Lawler.

Creative Arts Batemans Bay (CABBI) renovated The Gallery at Mogo during the COVID-19 shutdown and is now ready to stage its first post-bushfire exhibition.

The exhibition will be open for eight weeks and includes Judy’s early works, such as Beach Fun at Berrara, and recently completed paintings such as Family Day at the Beach.

Judy is a painter of landscapes and seascapes. She creates her works using a palette knife to blend undiluted oil paint and retain a richness of colour.

“I am a painter of light-filled land and seascapes,” says Judy. “But I do not use a brush to create my pictures. I have a unique style of smoothing the paint so it is sometimes hard to distinguish it from the use of a brush.”

“I find that moving the paint around the canvas with a palette knife is such a joy.”

Other works include paintings of Judy’s favourite Batemans Bay scenes, which depict boats moored on the Clyde River, rolling hills and trees near Araluen, and views of historic Braidwood. Also featured is a semi-abstract acrylic and a small pastel of a day out at the cricket.

The Gallery at Mogo is a CABBI venture, which is open to local and regional visual art and craft practitioners. The Gallery supports community groups by running fundraising events to raise money for specific causes, including people affected by the past summer’s bushfires.

“My philosophy is you use what you do to help others,” says Judy. “The Gallery at Mogo has a range of products based on my artwork and created as part of a mentorship program for workers with special needs, with the proceeds going to Brunswick Sheltered Workshop.”

Judy Lawler’s exhibition at The Gallery Mogo will be open for eight weeks from Friday, 19 June at 5 pm.

The Gallery at Mogo is located at 2/52 Stanley Street, Mogo.

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