Orange goes to the dogs

Orange goes to the dogs

BY KIRSTIE FITZPATRICK

Orange Regional Gallery, hosts of the ‘Best in Show’ exhibition, is enjoying record crowds to one of the largest exhibitions of dogs in Australian art.

Since the exhibition opened on April 9, the gallery has hosted almost 200 visitors every day, following a record breaking 474 visitors on the launch day.

The exhibition celebrates the representation of the dog by Australian artists over the past 220 years through more than 80 paintings, sculptures and prints.

Joanna Braithwaite's 'Bargain Hunters' on display at the 'Best in Show' Exhibition at Orange Regional Gallery. Photo: Kirstie Fitzpatrick

Joanna Braithwaite’s ‘Bargain Hunters’ on display at the ‘Best in Show’ Exhibition at Orange Regional Gallery. Photo: Kirstie Fitzpatrick

Orange Regional Gallery Director, Lisa Loader said the artworks depict the various roles and presence of dogs in everyday life.

“The relationship we have with our ‘best friend’ and its various depictions are explored in this exhibition,” she said.

“They are included as markers of status and wealth, as prized specimen to be put on show and of course as beloved companions.”

The exhibition hosts colonial, contemporary and indigenous artworks, each encompassing the theme of the dog.

Visitor to the Orange Region and ‘Best in Show’ exhibition, Hayley Clarke, said she enjoyed seeing the display showcased outside major cities.

“It’s great to see Australian art being recognised in regional areas because it’ll attract a different audience than the city.”

“The exhibition is full of personality, character and each painting tells a different story,” she said.

The exhibition runs until July 3rd 2016 at the Orange Regional Gallery.

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