FORMER Gunnedah artisans Yvette and Peter Hugill have teamed up with Old Bar artist, Ali Haigh, for a new collaborative exhibition at the Gloucester Gallery.
Titled Paint, Cloth & Clay, the exhibition includes Yvette’s amazing works of art in many different mediums and Peter’s striking pottery enhanced by his wife’s designs, sitting in harmony with Ali Haigh’s creations - a combination of digital and simple hand print methods used to create repeat prints from the images she captures.
Gunnedah’s loss was Wingham’s gain when the the Hugills sold their business and moved to the Taree hinterland town, where Yvette draws much of her inspiration from the surrounding countryside, working from her studio at their home high above the Manning River.
Peter Hugill became involved in the pottery scene while living in Gunnedah more than a decade ago and has gone from strength to strength.
The couple came to Gunnedah in the 1970s and Yvette soon became involved in the local art scene. She studied graphic design at the National Art School in Sydney and worked as a book designer with a leading publishing house.
Local art teacher, the late Val Fitzpatrick, encouraged Yvette to expand her horizons as she studied painting and drawing at Gunnedah/Tamworth TAFE Colleges. Yvette was heavily involved in the establishment of the Creative Arts Centre and her contribution to the arts scene over many years will always be remembered by her many friends in Gunnedah.
The new Paint Cloth & Clay exhibition features traditional and contemporary works in a variety of genres, with Peter contributing hand-crafted pottery.
Yvette’s style has expanded and changed over the years, and her works hang in homes and galleries all around Australia and even overseas.
The new Paint Cloth & Clay exhibition features traditional and contemporary works in a variety of genres, with Peter contributing hand-crafted pottery for everyday use as well as purely decorative pieces, featuring both glazes and earthy tones.
It has been an exciting but hectic few months in the Hugill studios as paintings were started and completed and pottery was created and fired, pictures framed and glazes added
This is the second exhibition for the Hugills at the Gloucester Gallery, with their sensory exhibition in 2015 also featuring Yvette's paintings and Peter's ceramics.
The opening night was a huge success, with the exhibition showing until March 24, at the Gloucester Gallery, 25 Denison Street open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm and Sunday from 10am until 1pm.