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Lake St Clair art exhibition features this year's Glover prize painting


This year’s Glover prize winning painting Looking South from the Labyrinth to Mount Olympus and Lake St Clair, by Mark Rodda, will be the centrepiece of an art exhibition celebrating the landscape’s beauty at the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre.

The Leeawuleena Sleeping Water Art Exhibition, an initiative of the Parks and Wildlife Service and the Central Highlands Council, opens on Friday, 6 June and runs until 15 June 2014. Mr Rodda’s painting will be joined by another 20 works from painters, illustrators, printmakers, photographers and sculptors that have been associated with Arts Tasmania’s Artists in Residence program or with the Parks and Wildlife Service at Lake St Clair.

The artist John Glover, known as the father of Australian landscape painting, sketched the majestic landscape of Lake St Clair’s sparkling lake and impressive mountains in 1835 and the same landscape has been inspiring artists ever since.

Lake St Clair business enterprise coordinator Bernie Carter said the idea for the exhibition began with the announcement of this year’s Glover prize and the fact that the winner had not visited Lake St Clair.

“We talked about this with the Central Highlands Council and agreed it would be good to have both the painting and the artist at Lake St Clair and so the exhibition was organised as a joint initiative with the council,” Bernie said.

Mr Rodda, who was raised at New Norfolk and now lives in Victoria, will be at Lake St Clair from 5 to 8 June and Parks staff are looking forward to getting him out and about in the park and hopefully inspiring more works that celebrate the area's beauty.

The exhibition’s works are sourced from Arts Tasmania’s Artists in Residence program, works that have been donated to the Lake St Clair centre over the years and local artists, including sculptor Greg Duncan from the Wall in the Wilderness at Derwent Bridge.

The beauty of Lake St Clair has inspired artists from the earliest days of Tasmania’s settlement. John Glover’s visit in 1835 inspired him to produce six sketches and Surveyor-General George Frankland was similarly inspired in 1935 when he visited, named the area and produced sketches. W.C. Piguenit’s 1875 painting Lake St Clair the source of the River Derwent is another well-known painting of the area.

Lake St Clair art exhibition features this year

The beauty of the World Heritage Area at Lake St Clair will be celebrated in an art exhibition from 6-15 June.