The photos begin at the end of the evening at Saint John Craft Beer a very groovy bar in Launceston that strives for excellence …. in the beverages served …. and seems to succeed. Saint John also has nice bar blokes who wore German attire to mark Oktoberfest. Speaking of excellence the Sawtooth shows, our entire reason for being in Launceston, also scaled the heights of sophistication with 4 shows, two by artists based in Canberra and one who is in NSW but studying at ANU. Daniel Savage (current CCAS studio resident) showed his seminal video work The Fall of Icarus which ties his personal story into the mythology of Icarus, a sobering tale of risk, ambition and tragedy. Annika Harding from ANCA has landscape paintings on board that tread a fine line between beauty and degradation which is exactly where she wants it to be. This is some of Annika’s best contentious environmental work yet. And then there is the fabulous Susan Buret who has become a bit of an instant favourite at CCAS. Susan is the queen of geometric abstraction and has found more new ways of presenting her work in the Sawtooth Gallery spaces. Last but not least is Launceston’s own Sue Henderson of whom the locals seem justifiably proud … Sue’s paintings go straight onto the wall as in wall paper and fill a large space floor to ceiling. Her patterns based on rock formations in this area make for a spectacular installation … and was particularly interesting for first time visitors. Papering Topographies Sue Henderson, Nebula Susan Buret, DAMNATION Annika Harding and The Fall of Icarus Daniel Savage at Sawtooth Launceston until 25 October.