October at YAVA Gallery & Arts Hub features a new exhibition, shown online, from Yarra Valley artist Christine Cafarella-Pearce.
Our restricted movements throughout 2020 have meant we are bound to stay local. While the first lockdown was taking place, Christine Cafarella-Pearce found herself noticing beautiful details around Healesville town and feeling compelled to paint them. She began to wonder about her town’s history, its buildings, its First Nations people. She has since produced a series of 73 paintings (oil paint, pen and wash) as a kind of ode to Healesville.
Christine painted local landmarks, buildings, back streets and alleys, gardenscapes and letter boxes. In wanting to give back to the people that make this town so great, she has priced her paintings affordably, intent that each painting will find its home.
Included in the exhibition is Christine’s visual diary, which shines a light on how dear she holds the town and, as she says, ‘the importance of finding joy and purpose in every day’.
Christine has also published a book of this series, with a limited run of 50 copies that will be available for sale via the YAVA website, alongside her works. Healesville Snapshot will be exhibited online throughout October, and is an impassioned reminder of how place builds character, and characters build place.