Works of Hope go on show

A TRIP to Rudd’s Pub at Nobby for an evening meal has ended up with Warwick artist Dennis Hope setting up his first exhibition since moving to Warwick.

This month’s exhibition was opened on Sunday and goes for three weeks at Pepperina Gallery across the road from Rudd’s Pub, Nobby.

Sunday morning is a focal point at the gallery as musicians come in to entertain while guests view the latest exhibition.

Some of Mr Hope’s 23 sketches of historic Warwick buildings have been printed in the Daily News and Weekly and will be on display at Nobby but this exhibition also includes architectural scenes, drawings of birds, boats on the River Murray, military costumes and architectural scenes from Warwick to Norfolk Island, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Fremantle and Perth.

Since moving to Warwick last year, Mr Hope has been busy sketching Warwick and Allora and has already donated one drawing of the C17 locomotive to Southern Downs Steam Railway to help with promotion.

He wanted to put on his first Darling Downs Exhibition at the art gallery in Warwick but it was booked out to 2012 and thought Nobby was an interesting place and has set up the exhibition there.

In the future, Mr Hope hopes to join with artists from Warwick for joint exhibitions at the regional art gallery which could include works like weaving, tapestry, fashion design, nature drawings and paintings, and sculptures.

“It is important to develop the local art scene,” he said.

Mr Hope is conversant with what makes a good exhibition as he and wife Marjorie had a gallery on four hectares of land at Armidale which would be visited by hundreds each week, including groups which flew in from Sydney for a day of sightseeing in the Armidale area.

He is also keen to help promote the Southern Downs, an area the Hopes plan to make home for good.

“We lived for six years on a boat in the harbour in Sydney and have just built our seventh home. This one is the last we are building.”

The exhibition is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm until March 28.

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