The current exhibition in the gallery is NATURE STIRRED which has come together organically, with each artists' body of work sitting happily within the gallery space and bouncing off each other in a way that I didn't expect. I like when these things happen.
Penny Dunstan's Lumen photographic prints of plants are reflected in the lines and shapes found in Shelagh Lummis' tall skinny paintings that sit perfectly on the back gallery wall. The black drypoint printed lines in Judy Henry's works share the patterns in Matthew Allam's moss and Lichen little worlds. The bright powerful yellow, orange and reds of John Barnes abstract landscape find a home on the opposite wall in the simplified woodcuts by Sally Reynolds and Gavin Vitullo's 225 year old Pangea sculpture fills the front of the gallery with both impact and hesitance.
With the gallery slowly building a reputation, and with me learning about the 'business' of owning my own gallery. Gallery 139 is slowly finding its feet and its place within the Newcastle arts community. Be sure to see NATURE STIRRED before it ends on Saturday 23 April.
~ Ahn Wells