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Rapt in Rubyvale – Maxine Wild & Gaye Steel

“Rapt in Rubyvale” – Maxine Wild & Gaye Steel

‘Rapt in Rubyvale’ an exhibition of paintings by local artists Gaye Steel and Maxine Wild of painting showing the delights and quirks of the small sapphire mining town of Rubyvale, where the two artists live. It’s casual beauty is often unnoticed. This exhibition attempts to show the “other side” of a mining town and it’s surrounds.

The large collection of plein-air oil paintings will hang until June 16 and be open for viewing during office hours. En Plein Air painting originated with the French impressionist movement of the 1860s.

Like the artists such as Monet, Manet, and Van Gogh, Maxine and Gaye say they prefer painting en plein air (in the open air) where they are able to capture the colour and light of the scene more readily than when painting from a photograph.

Gaye and Maxine began their project in 2020 and could be seen painting during the winter months around Rubyvale township and surrounding sites from Mt Leura to Boot and Kettle Creek.

Their paintings aim to capture not only the quiet beauty of the surrounding country but the quirky charm of the mining town and its environs.

Maxine Wild - Approaching RubyvaleMaxine Wild - Rubyvale TownGaye Steel - Approach to Rubyvale
Maxine Wild - Desparado RigMaxine Wild - Rusty RigGaye Steel - Bedford Hill Mining Truck
Gaye Steel - Mining TruckGaye Steel - Chook PalaceGaye Steel - Old Yellow
Gaye Steel - Bedford Hill TruckMaxine Wild - Greta's RigMaxine Wild - Mining Rig by Moonlight
Maxine Wild - Mining Rig at NightMaxine Wild - BedfordMaxine Wild - Chris's Rig
Gaye Steel - Bedford Hill Mine Truck 2Maxine Wild - Put out to PastureMaxine Wild - Rig & Windmill
Gaye Steel - RetiredMaxine Wild - Eddy's ShedGaye Steel - Eddy's Domain
Maxine Wild - Turquoise RigGaye Steel - Mine in ProgessGaye Steel - Camels on the common
Maxine Wild - Little EgyptMaxine Wild - A Temporary CampMaxine Wild - Just a bit of Bush
Gaye Steel - Dreamy OasisGaye Steel - Red MountainGaye Steel - Boot n Kettle
Gaye Steel - Mount LeuraMaxine Wild - Trees at Boot n KettleMaxine Wild - Bush Boomers
Gaye Steel - Ole Man Gum TreeMaxine Wild - After a Flood - Boot n Kettle CreekGaye Steel - Boot n Kettle - A Good Season
Gaye Steel - Oasis HeavenMaxine Wild - Red MountainMaxine Wild - Mine Pit Wetlands
Gaye Steel - Greta's MineMaxine Wild - At the End of Keilambete RoadMaxine Wild - So Many Birds Visit my Garden
Maxine Wild - Dry Bush GullyGaye Steel - Bruce Lane CrossingMaxine Wild - Grandfather Gum
Gaye Steel - TreesGaye Steel - Sapphire Mounds by MoonlightGaye Steel - Road to Keilambete
Maxine Wild - Rock & DirtGaye Steel - Dry BushMaxine Wild - Looking Towards Ruby Cres. Ridge
Maxine Wild - Out at RewardGaye Steel - Rubyvale PastureGaye Steel - Rust Devil 1
Gaye Steel - Rust Devil 2Gaye Steel - Night MarketsMaxine Wild - Home Sweet Home
Gaye Steel - Mine Camp HubbleMaxine Wild - Rubyvale Tennis ClubGaye Steel - Done Diggin', Gone Fishin'
Gaye Steel - Bedford hill DwellingsGaye Steel - Bedford Hill RoadGaye Steel - Miner
Maxine Wild - On it's Last LegsMaxine Wild - Bush BackyardMaxine Wild - Weekend Fossikers
Gaye Steel - New RoadMaxine Wild - Rubyvale TownMaxine Wild - Bush Telegraph
Maxine Wild - Birds on the TableGaye Steel - Painter at Work (Maxine)Gaye Steel - Miners Cottage
Gaye Steel - On Mine OwnGaye Steel - RubyvaleMaxine Wild - Saturday Markets on the Flat
Gaye Steel - The BirdsMaxine Wild - Rubyvale CottageMaxine Wild - The Friendly Grocer

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