Rowdy Wylie invites us to the Victor Harbor Regional Gallery Art Events

You all know our wonderful team member Rowdy Wylie and you have recently seen his Remembrance Day Painting which represents Rowdy's strong feeling about country, community and commitment.

Rowdy not only paints, builds frames and restores and mounts cricket bats (yes we are still feature his interest in this) - Rowdy is a volunteer at the Victor Harbor Regional Gallery. Victor Harbor is in South Australia on the glorious Fleurieu Peninsula and less than an hour's drive from Adelaide.

There is so much to see down this way -
From the waterfront, horse-drawn trams cross the causeway to Granite Island, home to a wild penguin colony. Steam locomotives pull the Cockle Train to nearby Goolwa, a gateway to the wetlands of the Murray River Mouth. Offshore, southern right whales frequent the waters of Encounter Bay. The Heysen Trail runs across the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis.1

And while you are out and about enjoying all these activities please consider dropping into the Victor Harbor Regional Gallery and say hello to Rowdy who works there as one of the volunteers.

And there are some special days coming up for the gallery on the local Artisan Market Days which are…

Friday 2nd December… 4pm to 8pm

Sunday 18th December… 10am to 4pm

There will be lots of new paintings for you to view and appreciate including five new creations from Rowdy's shed.

And so let's see what Rowdy has been doing in his shed of late.

First some scenes from inside the shed where you can see not only the paintings for the exhibition at the gallery but the equipment Rowdy uses in producing his creations. An artist's environment provides much of the inspiration for the creations: no one creates in a vacuum!

Outback works from the shed of John "Rowdy" Wylie ©
Outback works from the shed of John "Rowdy" Wylie ©
Outback works from the shed of John "Rowdy" Wylie ©

And here are the Rowdy Wylie individual paintings which will be on show at the Victor Harbor Regional Gallery from this weekend.

“Glen Helen Gorge” Oil on French Arches Paper / Board (glass & framed) by John "Rowdy" Wylie © 
 “Green Day” in “Red Desert” Oil on Board (shadow line oak frame) by John "Rowdy" Wylie © 
“Initiation” Oil on Board (shadow line oak frame) by John "Rowdy" Wylie © 
“Walk a bout" Oil on Board (shadow line oak frame) by John "Rowdy" Wylie ©

And Anne's favourite....

“Red Desert Oasis” Oil on Canvas (no frame) by John "Rowdy" Wylie ©

Rowdy's mate and fellow local artist Victor Maloney is also exhibiting at the Victor Harbor Regional Gallery from 20 November. And pelicans get another look in with Victor. So, you ask, where are the pelicans and where is the painting?

Victor Maloney: Peli Can Drive mural background with vintage car

Peli Can Drive is a mural by Victor Maloney and was recently hung by the local Lions Club, in the information bay, on the entrance to Victor Harbor. The vehicle in the foreground is the actual vintage car, that inspired the mural.

Here is a close up of Victor's mural.

Victor Maloney: Peli Can Drive mural 

But pelican lovers will be happy with The 3 Amigos painting (below) - the painting being a finalist in the local Rotary Art Expo in 2021.

Victor Maloney: The 3 Amigos

The third painting Victor has in the VHRG exhibition is titled "He is the spirit of the outback" and features the very well known Australian artist Pro Hart one of the Brushmen of the Bush along with our team member and friend John Pickup OAM, Hugh Schulz (who's paintings are collected by Andrew), Eric Minchin and Jack Absalom.

Victor Maloney: He is the spirit of the outback (Pro Hart)

And finally Australia Proud (below) - a figurescape, painted by Victor while living in Brisbane.

Victor Maloney: Australia Proud 

Good luck to Rowdy, Victor and members of the Victor Harbor Regional Gallery and all the artists - may the sun shine for the next couple of weeks and bring hoards of people to view your works and hopefully to spend a little money.

© All images shown here have been done so with the permission of the artists John "Rowdy" Wylie and Victor Maloney.