The Manjimup Art Gallery has opened a new exhibition with different artworks relating to transition being displayed throughout the gallery. Thirty-one artworks have been displayed at the Manjimup Art Gallery, ahead of the Markets and More festival, displaying different two-dimensional artworks interpreting this year’s theme of transition, with art varying from acrylic, pastel and oil paintings to mixed media, metalwork and textured works. The exhibition had an opening taking place on Friday night with the Manjimup Art Awards presentation, with this year marking the fifth year of the awards and festival art exhibition event, although it will be the first time that it’s presented under the Markets and More Festival name. Markets and More Art co-ordinator Faye Dunstan said the process for preparing the exhibition had been “fairly hectic”. “The entries went out about June or July, and a lot of work has been done before then, and after they come in the real work starts,” she said. She said the decision to choose transition as the theme was both based on the open-ended nature and the currency of the theme at the moment. “It was a good theme, because it was the sort of theme that allowed the artists to go where they wanted to go, which sometime gives a stronger work, rather than if you’re fighting with the theme and can’t get a handle on it.,” Ms Dunstan said. “We are in such transition at the moment, as there’s not a part of our lives, or a region or shire, that’s not in transition at the moment. “They go from emotional to political in the theme.” Exhibition judge Helen Seiver said she was amazed by the different interpretations brought by the entrants and their artworks. “It’s amazing how the variety and the different interpretations are shown here,” she said. “The different interpretations of the theme was just beautiful.” Ms Dunstan believes that with the variety and number of market stalls anticipated to be appearing at the Markets and More festival, the foot traffic to the exhibition will be more than last year. “There are so many market stalls that will be on display on that day, that I think there will be more people and it’ll be quite busy,” she said. The exhibition is currently open until 4pm on December 12.