Saturday, December 5, 2009

'Soulful' ocean baths in Saltwater show


If you love pools, you'll love the exhibition at the Meyer Gallery in Darlinghurst, Called Saltwater, it showcases paintings by Cindy Goode Milman and photographs by Ian Lever of Sydney's ocean and harbourside pools.

Cindy Goode Milman's colourful oil paintings are the result of her year-long study of ocean and bay pools from the Northern Beaches to the Eastern Suburbs - and to the Dawn Fraser Baths at Balmain. She describes this 12-month exploration as: "Nothing short of soulful."

Originally from Canada, Cindy says she is fascinated by the micro-communities that exist around pools. Her collection of oil vignettes on board which are featured in Saltwater convey people's enjoyment of pools - from a morning ritual swim, to a weekend dip with the kids, surfing or fishing off the edge and reflective moments poolside. A resident of the Northern Beaches, Cindy has also recorded ocean swims such as the Palm Beach to Whale Beach Big Swim in a series of oil paintings.

Ian Lever's colour and black and white photos depict the beauty and moods of Sydney's ocean and bay pools at dawn, midday and dusk. Known as Mr Ocean Pool, when Ian is not behind his camera, in the dark room or teaching photography, you are most likely to find him surfing.

Saltwater runs till 31 December 2009 at the Meyer Gallery at 269 Bourke Street Darlinghurst. The gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from 11am-6pm and on Sundays from noon until 4pm. http://www.meyergallery.com.au/

To find out more about Cindy Goode Milman and Ian Lever go to: http://www.cindygoodemilman.com/ and http://www.ianleverphotography.com.au/

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