collie is so now

Camera IconPeter Ciemitis in his studio. Credit: Jillian Ciemitis/Supplied

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Collie is fast becoming an arts and culture hotspot. There’s the Collie Mural Trail, which takes in Guido Van Helten’s recently-completed Wellington Dam mural Reflections — the largest mural in the Southern Hemisphere. And there’s the Collie Regional Art Gallery — only the second A-Class gallery in WA, after the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

From 2pm this Saturday, you’ll have yet one more reason to head down to this picturesque South West town, about 210km from Perth, with the opening of The Past Stops Now, an exhibition of paintings and drawings from 2008 to the present by acclaimed award-winning WA artist Peteris (Peter) Ciemitis.

Shortlisted for the Archibald Prize in 2007 and 2008 and winning the Lester Prize in 2010, Peter is known for his large-scale portraiture featuring such luminaries as arts legend Robyn Archer, jazz virtuoso Paul Grabowsky and journalist Peter Greste.

His work has been acquired by significant galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and the National Museum of Art in Latvia as well as several major Chinese state and private galleries in Beijing and Hangzhou…

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