Russell Philip purchased his 1840s miner's cottage in Burra 30 years ago when he was art teacher at Burra Community School.
It didn't take long for his interest to be aroused in the miners' dugouts in "Creek Street", and the surrounding landscape of denuded hills, seen from his back yard.
Russell Philip's Burra landscapes drawn and painted through the intervening years are on display in this retrospective survey of his work.
In them memories surface and abide, stimulated by precise visual impressions mysterious with the qualities of a past world.
Creating a visual representation is a way of forming an understanding of what the eye sees.
In this way Russell's works can be linked to those carried out by artists who were part of expeditions of discovery in early journeys and voyages.
Yet he takes it further when at times dream-like fragments emerge, as if unbidden, giving entry to the mind and intention of the artist.
The exhibition will be accompanied by works by local artists - "A Fine Line, from drawing to threadwork" and a demonstration of free motion machine embroidery by Maree Caplin 2-3pm Sunday, July 21 in the Bence Room.
Maree's line work is exquisite.
The exhibition is open now and until August 11 at Burra Regional Art Gallery.