14 January  – 26 February  2012

Pale Pink Magnolias, Chinese Vase 2010, Watercolour
Pale Pink Magnolias, Chinese Vase 2010, Watercolour

The Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum is launching  its first major exhibition for the new year. Opening on January 14, Peggy Shaw – A Retrospective celebrates the 90th birthday of this outstanding Castlemaine based watercolour artist.

Comprising of over 50 works covering all periods of Peggy’s creative life, this exhibition includes early landscape sketches through to her more recent and very popular floral arrangements. Gallery Director Mr Peter Perry says ‘Not only is her range and technical virtuosity unsurpassed and in quality, her finest works rank with some of the best of Australian watercolourists of today.’

Accompanied by an illustrated catalogue in which Peggy has written of her life as a painter. She includes details of  her move to Castlemaine and an early interest in the creating of  pen and wash drawings of houses and streetscapes of the surrounding Central Victorian townships.

Peggy is now more widely known for her appealing still life works that combine her love of exotic and native flowers, arranged in an interesting selection of Chinese and European vases. Her watercolours are well sought after, with collectors drawn to Peggy’s sensitive watercolour technique and depiction of florals in such splendid vibrancy.

Peggy regularly exhibits at the annual exhibitions for the Castlemaine Rotary Art Show and the Bendigo Art Society, at which she has won several awards for her watercolours. Mr Perry was pleased to mount this fine exhibition of watercolours saying ‘The Castlemaine Art Gallery has supported this medium through permanent display, exhibitions and publications, where other public art museums have avoided it.’

The exhibition is open until February 26 and would appeal to lovers of traditional art.

For further information please contact Peter Perry, Director, at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum on (03) 5472 2292 or info@castlemainegallery.com