Tasmanian Naïvists and A Stitch in Time @ BRAG

More than sixty people attended the opening of the exhibitions Tasmanian Naïvists and A Stitch in Time at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery on Friday evening, 1 June.

Tasmanian Naïvists, opened by internationally recognised naïve painter Bill Yaxley, was initiated by northwest coast jazz musician and art lover Viktor Zappner. Viktor’s love of naïve art goes back to his early years in Eastern Europe and several of the works in the exhibition are from his personal collection.

Burnie City Council Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said, “Naïve art is appreciated for its simplicity, colour, humour and storytelling.”

“The sculptures are created from odd shaped native timbers and bits and pieces – this is a true Tasmanian art form that takes me right out to the West Coast. The joy of naïve art is the foundation of real-life experience, creativity and a love for the people, animals and objects that inhabit the world.” said Mayor Boyd.

Participating artist Bill Yaxley is completely self-taught. In his life he worked in a variety of industries including pineapple farming and for BHP as a field assistant but he always painted. Dividing his time between Queensland and Tasmania, Bill’s paintings are exhibited widely and he is represented in several public and private collections.  Other artists in the exhibition include Rachel Harvey-Fuller, Tut Ludbey and Ray (Shorty) Keating. Ludbey lives in Strahan where he runs “Tuts Whittle Wonders” from an exhibition space attached to his house. Tour buses regularly bring visitors to see this amazing collection that includes an array of walking sticks, a wooden crocodile and a cabinet of miniatures that are as different as they are imaginative. Keating also lives on the west coast at Zeehan.

A Stitch in Time (Saves Nine) @ BRAG was opened by Burnie Regional Museum Curator Jaydeyn Thomas and the exhibition is a collaboration between the Burnie Regional Art Gallery and the Burnie Regional Museum. Objects from the Museum are creatively paired with artworks from the Gallery Collection. The exhibition celebrates vintage fashion and frugality from bygone eras. The Museum also has a companion exhibition – not to be missed.

Both exhibitions continue until Sunday 29 July and the Gallery is open free to the public from 10 am to 4.30 pm weekdays and from 1.30pm to 4pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

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For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: floughran@burnie.net