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Tibrogargan Meets Girraween

BY gabi mika-mcnaughton | 16-Apr-2013
A new solo exhibition by landscape painter Gabi Mika-McNaughton opens at the Stanthorpe Regional Art gallery on Friday 19th April. This exhibition is an extension of an continued obsession Gabi has in exploring the Australian native flora in it's natural state.
Venue: Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
Address: Weeroona Park, Lock St (turn at Victoria Street) PO Box 211, Stanthorpe Qld 4380 Contact: P (07) 4681 1874
Date: 19th April - 2nd June
Ticket: Free
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Girraween Tapestry. 2013 oil on linen. 100 x 180cm. Gabi Mika-NcNaughton

This Exhibition is an extension of a continued obsession Gabi Mika-McNaughton has in exploring the native flora here in South East Queensland. In this exhibition, she has brought together the two pockets of southeast Queensland that are not so very far apart. One is, in and around the base of Mt Tibrogargan in the Glass House Mountains National Park and the other in Girraween National Park. Gabi is drawn to the sometimes linear organization of the native bush under Tibrogaran as it grows freely, and at the same time, fascinated by the organized chaos of the flora in Girraween as it negotiates a path quite often hindered by massive granite boulders.

When she explores the bush, every corner turned, delivers a different composition and often a completely different colour palette. The lime green grasses and ferns around Tibrogargan deliver vibrant hues that immediately attract her attention where as around Girraween the subtlety of the Asparagus bush delivers a soft teal hue. Gabi has set about to highlight these differences whilst hoping that her audience will be drawn in by the beauty she sees, and perhaps be enticed to explore their own environment more closely. Gabi is extremely passionate about our environment and where possible only works on canvases made from natural fibers and farmed pine.