Sun, 31/03/2013

Mary recently officially opened Peter Sterns’ “Our Beautiful Country” art exhibition at the Strathnairn Homestead Gallery.

Originally from Latvia, Peter has lived in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia), before joining his father in Australia in1956.

“Peter is very inspired by the Australian Landscape, and this is evident in his art, which vividly portray the affection he feels for his adopted home,” Mary said. “The images strikingly capture the many moods of the Australian bush and demonstrate the wide range of landscapes in this country.”

As a self-taught artist, Peter considered the move to Australia as one that would allow him to embrace the opportunities and adventures that Australia had to offer. He first exhibited his work in 1999 at the Canberra Times Arts Show, where he has exhibited every year since. He has also had two other solo exhibitions here in the ACT, one of which was at the Strathnairn two years ago.

“Strathnairn’s unique facilities conserve an important piece of Canberra’s heritage, as well as providing an inspirational home for contemporary arts practice and community engagement,” Mary concluded.

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