Art of Woman

Australia's Governor General visited TIME art exhibition

On Tuesday 19 March 2013, the Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO attended “Your Community Our Community Seniors Expo” a celebration of Seniors’ Week in Belconnen Community Centre. She included viewing TIME art exhibition as part of this Expo.

TIME art exhibition is Belconnen Artists’ Network contribution to Canberra’s 100th birthday. We all count our birthdays from a babyhood to maturity, but time is a lot more than counting. Several artists have articulated how time affects our lives including the ageing process and death. Time does not stop with our death and the generations grow and continue and life evolves into new forms. Artists have a role in articulating abstract or difficult concepts. Many aspects of time are explored in this exhibition, revealing nuances beyond our normal everyday experience.

One notable artist is our oldest member, Rena McCawley, who is a skilled photographer and regularly exhibits with our group. She is nearly 97 and is a great example of active older age fully engaging with the community.

Ms Quentin Bryce met Rena McCawley. They spoke together for several minutes about a range of topics related to art, photography and becoming a senior. It was clear that Ms Bryce enjoyed seeing such an active and lucid senior artist.

Rena’s work, “Generations of Time” is an exploration of four generations. She has captured the joy and cheekiness of the child, the grace and joy of motherhood, the relaxed pace of grand parenting and the sense of triumph in ageing well. A family likeness flows through the composition like mirrors reflecting successively into the distance.

Other artists that met Ms Quentin Bryce were Diana Davidson, Pauline Mager and me, Margaret Kalms.

TIME art exhibition is being held at the Belconnen Community Centre Gallery until 28 March and will be opened by Dr Eva Papp from the Australian National University, Research School of Earth Sciences at 6:00pm on Wednesday 20 March 2013.

Ms Quetin Bryce talking with Rena McCawley talking about her photograph Generations of Time
Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Rena McCawley visit TIME art exhibition

Ms Quetin Bryce talking with Margaret Kalms talking about her photograph Once in a Blue Moon
Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Margaret Kalms visit TIME art exhibition crop

Ms Quetin Bryce talking with Rena McCawley and Margaret Kalms
Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Rena McCawley, Margaret Kalms visit TIME art exhibition crop