“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.