Art at The Point Gallery is run by Margaret Vandenberg and Marlene Schmidt.  They are both artists themselves; they promote other local artists and have in the past given exhibitions in their gallery, but never in the large hall. Michael Morgan is the first artist to have had a major exhibition; a large body of work comprising of 56 paintings, some of which were 8 ft x 4 ft panels, which took over the hall and gallery.

Morgan - Michael, Tasmanian Artist
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Artist Michael Morgan now resides on Bruny Island in southern Tasmania

The exhibition generated quite a lot of excitement on Bruny Island, and it was great exposure for the cafe and gallery.  Everyone benefited and Tasmanian Air Adventures even delivered guests across to the island from MONA.

Morgan - Exhibition, Bruny Island
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An exhibition by Michael Morgan, Art at the Point Gallery, Bruny Island

Having heard about this new endeavour on Bruny Island, we were very pleased when Gabrielle (the wife of local artist Michael Morgan) offered to write this guest article for Think Tasmania.

Michael Morgan: Finding Inspiration on Bruny Island

by Gabrielle Morgan

A visit to Bruny Island is an exciting event. Enjoy the fun of the car ferry across from the mainland. Not only does Bruny Island offer stunning water views and its own delectable food produce, it provides cultural stimulus as proven by the recent exhibition by visual artist, Michael Morgan, held at Art at The Point Gallery, Main Road, Dennes Point.

Bruny - Island, The Neck
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Beautiful views from The Neck, Bruny Island (photo by Anelda Lotter Photography)

Morgan left Phillip Island in Victoria in March 2012 to live on Bruny Island, where he finds endless inspiration. Born in 1940, he had his first exhibition when he was in his teens; this was opened by the late John Brack. Such luminaries as Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, Noel Counihan, Ken Whisson, John Percival (the list goes on) took this young artist under their wings. Now over 30 exhibitions later he has shown works he has painted since his arrival on Bruny Island.


 

The paintings are vibrant, free flowing works textured with lashings of paint. They are expressive, whimsical and lyrical. Morgan has lectured in Art, studied Lithography and run a regional gallery. He was once flown to Brisbane to paint an 11 by 6 metre mural in five days. He believes, “Art should transcend depth and meaning beyond just decoration.”

Morgan - Vibrant, Expressive, Whimsical and Lyrical Art
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Vibrant, expressive, whimsical and lyrical… art by Michael Morgan

When asked what motivates him to create, he replied, “Each day is a delight. The creative force is strong. My art is an evolving process. I am finding my own authentic voice, and that takes a lifetime. The voice is growing stronger. I just love colour and paint.” This is evident in his work.

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Michael Morgan from Bruny Island and a selection of his vibrant artwork

Morgan’s exhibition was well attended by an appreciative group of people. The exhibition was opened with a brilliant talk by Associate Professor Natasha Cica, Director of the Inglis Clarke Centre for Civil Society, and renowned author of her own book Pedder Dreaming. She emphasised the importance of Michael’s input into the culture of Tasmania.

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Michael Morgan with Natasha Cica at the opening of the exhibition with Art at the Point Gallery directors

Art at the Point Gallery

Art at The Point Gallery was an ideal place for an exhibition. The gallery and hall adjoins The Jetty Café where one can sit leisurely eating the fine cuisine offered by chef Ray Jones, who insists on serving fresh, locally sourced food. He stocks a plentiful supply of wines including local Tasmanian labels. It is obvious that this chef has a real love of food as each dish he creates, be it lamb or fish, is a sensation.

Morgan - Jetty Cafe, Art at the Point Gallery
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Bruny Island: Jetty Cafe (adjoining Art at the Point Gallery) fresh Tasmanian produce and local wines

The coffee and cake are bliss, along with the view from the café of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and hills beyond. On a fine day one can relax on the balcony overlooking the water or if preferred look at the view through the floor to ceiling windows from inside the café.

Morgan - Bruny Island Views
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Lovely scenic Bruny Island views from Jetty Cafe (adjoining Art at the Point Gallery)

If it is a gift you are wanting Art at The Point Gallery has a selection of paintings, prints, pottery, jewellery, silver, ceramics, art cards and sculpture. The Gallery represents over forty professional Island artists all no doubt influenced by the magic of Bruny.


 

Michael Morgan’s next exhibition will be at 1842 Gallery, corner St. John and Cimitiere Streets in Launceston, opening Friday 25th January 2013 at 6:00 pm. Not to be missed.

Michael and Gabrielle Morgan moved from Phillip Island in Victoria
to live on Bruny Island last March.  The semi-seclusion suits them both;
Gabrielle likes to pursue her writing interests, while Michael paints.  Gabrielle
has been published in regional newspapers and magazines; since researching her
family history she has published four genealogy articles.  She was fascinated by
links to Tasmania with some of her forbears.  This has intensified her interest in
Tasmania and she has been reading much of its history since arriving here.

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Map: Art at the Point Gallery, Bruny Island Tasmania…