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Seasons of the Arboretum Exhibition, 20 January-18 February

This exhibition of original paintings conveys Valentyna Crane’s passion for the Arboretum’s vistas, skies and forests through the changing seasons.

"Throughout the year I visit the Arboretum again and again: I'm drawn to this place, to the vista, the skies, the forests. When I see a landscape that fills my gaze and overwhelms my soul with its magnificence, my wish is to share that feeling by producing work that will catch your eye and reach into your soul. That's how the project 'Seasons of the Arboretum' was born."

Open in the Village Centre daily from 9am to 4pm, 20 January to 18 February 2018. All works are for sale. To preview the paintings, visit


Valentyna follows Contemporary Impressionism, the style that focuses on the effects of changing light and weather, concentrates on feelings of moving air and emotions of the particular landscape scene.

Every painting in the exhibition has its own story. Every time the artist was moved by the overwhelming moment of now and wanted to capture and share that experience with the audience.

Valentyna is a professional landscape painter trainied in one of the oldest (founded in 1922) art schools in the former USSR, with clear lineage to the famed Imperial Academy of Arts, one of the organisations that adopted Impressionism from its French creators and brought it into the 20th Century.

Yet Valentyna is an Australian artist, who re-discovered the techniques and knowledge she learned in a very different place, in the context of the nature, history and social fabric of Australia.

She also holds a Masters degree in Architecture and Landscape Design.

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