The resurrection of the Rex Theatre
THE walls of the Rex Theatre came to life on October 25 in a night of culture and sophistication.
Monto artist Gil Jamieson had his life works displayed in a retrospective art experience for the local community.
Gil’s abstract interpretations of the Australian outback captivated audiences across Australia, with his work being displayed for the first time in 20 years.
The night was an astounding success, with ticket sales exceeding over 250 according to organiser Carly Baker-Burnham.
Running from 7pm-11pm, the exhibition was introduced by emcee and Monto artist Dean Power, with speeches from Gil’s close friend David Feez, and Gil’s son Matthew.
“My father had a way with interpreting the landscape, and you can see it with his artworks tonight,” Matthew said.
Gesturing to his father’s surreal paintings, recalling former Monto journalist Gerry O’Connor’s take on his father’s work.
“He said my father was a mystic, and I firmly believe that’s who he was.”
Mrs Baker-Burnham was thrilled about the attendance, saying it was amazing for a little country town.
“The energy of the guests in The Rex was so memorable, and it provides hope for the revitalisation of the town and its cultural icons – the Rex and Gil Jamieson,” Mrs Baker-Burnham said.
“It has been a privilege to work the Jamieson family, and share Gil’s art with the community once again.”