Double the talent in Double Century exhibition

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What:Double Century: The lives and work of Edward Heffernan and Geoffrey Mainwaring

When: Until February 23

Where: Gold Museum

A MAJOR retrospective of the work of two renowned local artists and educators is currently showing at the Gold Museum.

The work of Gordon’s Edward Heffernan and Ballarat’s Geoffrey Mainwaring is on display as part of the exhibition Double Century.

Featuring more than 100 framed artworks from private collections, the exhibition also includes the works of the artists’ students Vida Pearson, Wendy Whitford and Margaret Voterakis.

Heffernan’s widow Maree Heffernan said the current show was one of the biggest to have shown at the Gold Museum.

She said the works on display spanned from the 1930s through to the 1990s.

“It was a massive effort to select the works,” Mrs Heffernan said.

“We went through and picked the eyes out of it, realised we still had too many, picked the eyes out of that and then picked the eyes out of that.

“It was a fairly lengthy selection process.”

Both teachers during their artist lives, Heffernan was known for his landscape art and figure drawings while Mainwaring was primarily a war artist.

Both men were friends and born in the same year, 1912, giving the title to the exhibition.

Mrs Heffernan said the show was planned for last year, but was unable to go ahead due to the museum’s extensions.

“It’s a stunning exhibition, it really is. The works are personal comments on what was occurring when the artists were alive.”

Gold Museum curator Roger Trudgeon, University of Ballarat emeritus professor Terry Lloyd and Sovereign Hill CEO Jeremy Johnson at the opening of Double Century.

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