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Bayside Gallery unveils latest exhibitions

'Past lives' and 'Eyes that see: the collection of Norman Rosenblatt'

People exploring the Eyes that see: the collection of Norman Rosenblatt exhibition at the opening event
Past lives and Eyes that see: the collection of Norman Rosenblatt opening event

Bayside Gallery was filled with excited energy last Saturday, as over 200 patrons filed through the doors to attend the opening of our latest exhibitions Past lives and Eyes that see: the collection of Norman Rosenblatt.

Highlighting stories of significant characters that shaped Bayside’s past, Past lives showcases various objects from Bayside City Council’s Art and Heritage Collection, and that of the local historical societies, sparking wonder and intrigue in visitors.

Assistant Curator for Bayside Gallery, Nicole Salvo spoke of some of the historical items on display.

“Featuring an eclectic array of items including prehistoric sharks’ teeth, historic land sale posters, Mayoral chains and a somewhat risqué Mayoral dress, this exhibition is sure to fascinate all patrons,” Salvo said.

Eyes that see: the collection of Norman Rosenblatt is a unique personal collection that demonstrates a collecting philosophy that is centred on a genuine engagement with art and artists spanning over 60 years.

Driven by a passion for art and the belief that artworks are necessary companions in daily life, Norman Rosenblatt has built a wonderfully idiosyncratic collection that crosses media, time periods and interests.

The exhibition of selected works includes works by emerging and established Australian artists including Rick Amor, Howard Arkley, Alan Constable, David Keeling, Erica McGilchrist, Wilma Tabacco and Danila Vassilieff.

These exhibitions emphasise the importance of collections in both public and private settings, with one patron describing the artworks on display as, “overwhelmingly beautiful”.

Both exhibitions are on display at Bayside Gallery until 23 October 2022. Entry is free and walk-ins welcome. Stay in the loop on Arts & Culture news and events by subscribing to our eNewsletter.


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