The 11 South West Printmakers are back their fifth collaborative exhibition at The F Project.
Des Bunyon, Delia Crabbe, Ben Fennessy, Britt Gow, Jean Gleeson, Helen Fitzhardinge, Jodie Honan, Marion Manifold, Liza McCosh, Andrea Radley and Maree Stewart have tackled the themes of Endangered, Water, Volcanoes and The Overwintery Project for previous exhibitions and now are showcasing their talents through Trees.
There are 33 artworks lining the walls of The F Project.
Printmaker Andrea Radley said the group was excited to see the exhibition after their 2020 showcase was virtual due to the coronavirus restrictions.
"We all have our own style and yet the exhibition still has a cohesive feel," she said. "I love how we have a broad theme every time.
"We never know what each other's done so it's a big reveal for us too."
Radley said the theme reflects the group's environmental values in life and their art.
"Trees are so important and we really undervalue them," she said. "For this exhibition I asked my friends what their favourite tree was and they could all tell me straight away.
"We're lucky to live in such a great environment here.
"My kids found their own nature play space in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens with one of the trees there and I created my piece off that."
The printmaking techniques on show include monoprints, waterless lithography, etchings, woodcuts and linoprints.
Artist Helen Fitzhardinge based her work on Inga Simpson's Understory and created her own version of the memoir told through trees.
"It's a wonderful biography of her time spent in southern Queensland," she said.
"Each chapter revolves around her interaction with the trees on her property.
"The evocative description of the trees and the life that is part of them has inspired these prints."
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The exhibition will run until May 23 and The F Project vice-president Helen Bunyon said the gallery is returning to pre-Covid hours of Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm.
"It's just been a process of working with our volunteers and factoring in the extra cleaning requirements needed," she said. "We've always been working towards a Covid-Normal scenario and now we can do it.
"We're looking at bring back our residency program mid-year. Our branch FP Cinema is back again next month at Mozart Hall with My Beautiful Stutter.
"Things are starting to happen."
The launch of Trees will take place at The F Project on Friday from 6pm.The exhibition will also appear online as part of the Virtual Gallery found at thefproject.org.au.
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