Exhibition all in the family

South Western Times

For husband and wife Neville and Geraldine Peterkin, creating art in their shared Ferguson Valley home studio inspires and encourages the other’s work.

The couple will put their two very different styles of work, Mrs Peterkin’s fibre art bowls and Mr Peterkin’s watercolour landscapes, on show at the Lyndendale Gallery in Dardanup next month.

The exhibition, named Double-Up, highlights the pair’s different approaches and subject matter while also showing the shared qualities that binds them together in art and in life.

Mrs Peterkin said the colours of her husband’s paintings — of the Ferguson Valley and other Australian landscapes — inspired the colours she chose for her fabric art.

‘‘We love what we do and we work every day of the week,’’ she said.

Mr Peterkin is best known for his portraits — he was twice a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize.

Mrs Peterkin has 50 years of experience in varied mediums, including illustration and painting.

Both the established artists have worked for the past nine months to create the exhibition.

Mr Peterkin said naming the artworks, so that they all ended with ‘up’, was a fun challenge.

‘‘We decided to name all the works so they ended with the word ‘up’ like a lot of regional Australian towns,’’ he said.

The exhibition runs from August 4 to 30 at Lyndendale Gallery, 828 Crooked Brook Road near Dardanup, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

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