Jenny Mountford with the kimono that inspired the latest exhibition

There’s a touch of the Orient down at the Rabbit Hole this month with the Kimono Dreams exhibition celebrating a local interpretation of a Japanese aesthetic.

The exhibition opened with wine and sushi on Saturday August 1 and displayed 30 pieces from 12 local creative artists.

It was inspired by a kimono originally created by Kerry-Jean Watson for a wearable art exhibit.

Faced with the Covid-related cancellation of another planned exhibit, gallery owner Jenny Mountford decided to create an exhibit around it using the kimono as a key piece.

She put the word out to the arts community in town to see if they would like to contribute to a Japanese-themed exhibit.

“I was inundated with the most beautiful collection of pieces and so it developed into this really lovely complex exhibition,” Ms Mountford said.

She’s very happy that it features lots of textiles.

Local lady Junko Luscombe, who is originally from Japan, graced the opening night wearing a traditional kimono and spoke about the upcoming Japanese calligraphy workshop she’ll be running at the Rabbit Hole.

The exhibit is part of the gallery’s ongoing commitment to showcasing the work of local artists that’s now been running for three-and-a-half years.

It’s more than just a gallery, though – it’s a bookshop and a workspace for artists as well.

One up-coming exhibit promises to really put you in the picture as part of the artwork.

It’s a 2D Instabooth featuring original cartoons on the wall in a dedicated space at the back of the gallery.

For a $5 entrance fee you go in there with your camera and “go nuts” with it, putting yourself in the frame alongside the cartoons, and your wide-and-smiling on Instagram.

It’s due to open at the end of this month.