Summer vibes in gallery

COMMUNITY INVITED: Gallery 54 president Joann Fife invites the community to visit the Colour of Summer exhibition which showcases work from talented artists across the region. Ms Fife holds her art piece Here Comes the Sun.

By Molly Taylor

GALLERY 54 is showcasing the work of nine members through its Colour of Summer exhibition.

Gallery president Joann Fife said the theme encouraged all nine artists involved to interpret and display what summer meant to them in an artistic format.

“It is always hard coming up with themes but everyone has interpreted their own version of summer,” Ms Fife said.

“We are exhibiting in summer so there’s that connection and also it is pretty broad so there’s room to move around with ideas as well.

“Although, generally people have gone with a commercial look involving bright summer colours.”

Ms Fife said the idea was also to break away from COVID-19 as there was a lot of art arising related to the pandemic.

“We wanted a bit more of a positive spin,” she said.

Over the recent holiday period, Ms Fife said gallery visitation had been exceptional and on some days, 50 to 60 people had been recorded through the doors.

“It has also been a lot of different people, majority of our people who come through prior COVID-19 were from overseas and Victoria,” she said.

“South Australians will come here and have never been here before and really enjoy the space.

“Gallery 54 has become a vital element of Penola’s vibrant culture of fine art, food and wine.”

Exhibitions change every six weeks with Colour of Summer expected to remain displayed longer due to a vacancy next month.