Pike “awestruck” at impact of coal miner artwork

February 19, 2015

Renowned Hunter artist Christine Pike has expressed her awe at the “phenomenal” response she’s been getting from people visiting her ‘coal miners’ exhibition at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.
Pictured: Christine Pike with NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee
The NSW Minerals Council has held an exclusive industry event at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre for members of the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue, friends and family to celebrate Pike’s portrayal of miners and mining in the Hunter Valley. 
“I wanted it [the exhibition] to be in the heart of the Hunter, and the heart of coal mining… I have family who worked around there so it just made sense to be here,” Pike told NSW Minerals Council.
It’s been a successful start to the year for Christine Pike, with a number of her pieces snapped up by collectors. Renowned collector Max Watters purchased two of Pike’s pieces for his prestigious permanent collection at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and NSW Minerals Council’s CEO Stephen Galilee purchased pieces for his home and office in Sydney. 
“We’re really pleased to have supported Christine and her endeavours, because she’s captured the human face of the coal mining industry in the Hunter. And the artworks that we’ve seen on display have captured the imagination of everyone who has seen them, showing the real people who work hard in our industry,” Mr Galilee.
We congratulate and thank Christine Pike, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre and Muswellbrook Council for their support, and for providing an opportunity to celebrate the rich Hunter mining history and its people.
The ‘Coal Miners’ exhibition is on display at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre until this Sunday 22 February 2015. Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm and weekends 10am - 1pm. Find out more at muswellbrookartscentre.com.au.

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