Travels to the 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition

The chance to travel to Melbourne to see your work in an exhibition?  Well, that’s exactly what happened to Janine Egan and Wanda Ariano.  With financial support from Enable Southwest and the South West Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre, Janine and Wanda flew to Melbourne for the opening of the 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition at the Collingwood Gallery.  This annual exhibition is organised by Melbourne-based field (furthering inclusive learning and development).

4 Fridays 4 Conversations

Janine and Wanda had been part of a collaborative project with mentors Judi McGuigan and Ann Simpson.  The foursome – under the guidance of SW artist Helen Seiver – created a four-panel work entitled 4 Fridays 4 Conversations which responded to the theme of ‘Righting/Writing the Direction.’  Art Partners was one of 34 successful applicants from over 150 submissions.  Although 4 Fridays 4 Conversations presents four individual journeys, the canvasses are unified by the use of similar media, complimentary colours and thematic elements.  Read Josh Zimmerman’s Bunbury Herald article (accompanied by Jon Gellweiler’s photo) about the creation of the Art Partners work and its selection for the exhibition.

4 Fridays 4 Conversations

4 Fridays 4 Conversations

When Janine, accompanied by her sister Carlene, and Wanda arrived at the opening at the Collingwood Gallery on Friday, August 9, it was a chance to see beautiful and intriguing artworks, enjoy live music and meet friends and acquaintances, both old and new.

Opening night of the 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition at the Collingwood Gallery, August 9

Opening night of the 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition at the Collingwood Gallery, August 9

Meeting the field Team

Although Wanda had been to the Rob McNamara Exhibition the year before with a group of Art Partners, this was Janine’s first time, and she had some people to meet.  Janine was introduced to Steph Tout from field who was the Exhibition’s Curator.  There was a touch of sadness in the air given that Steph, who had curated all of field’s art exhibitions, was in her last day on the job.  Steph did promise to stay in touch as she moves on to spend more time exploring the world beyond field.

Wanda and Janine with Exhibition Curator Steph Tout

Wanda and Janine with Exhibition Curator Steph Tout

Janine and Wanda also met field Project Coordinator and blogger Maree Ireland.  Maree blogged on the Art Partners 2012 artistic process and trip to the exhibition on her Self Directed Approaches Blog.  Maree wanted to know where 4 Fridays 4 Conversations was hanging.  Janine and Wanda were able to communicate with Maree verbally and with support from her communications device.

Janine and Wanda with blogger Maree Ireland

Janine and Wanda with blogger Maree Ireland

Encounters with Artists and Arts Workers

Carlene struck up a conversation with artist Rachel McBride and her husband Jonathan.  Rachel’s stunning abstract work Erratic Shore Triptych (acrylic on canvas) is a significant work, and Rachel and Jonathan stuck close by the painting in order to provide very interesting animation throughout the evening.

Carlene Egan chatting with Jonathan McBride about Erratic Shore Triptych by Rachel McBride

Carlene Egan chatting with Jonathan McBride about Erratic Shore Triptych by Rachel McBride

Artist Anna Eden recognised Wanda as the two had worked together at DADAA in Fremantle.  Anna is now an arts worker with Wearable Arts Alkira and their work Live Up Life (wearable art and photographs) was featured in the exhibition.

Detail from Live Up Life by Wearable Arts Alkira

Detail from Live Up Life by Wearable Arts Alkira

More Artwork?

If you would like to see more works from the 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition, stay in touch with field’s website where the images will eventually be uploaded.  In the meantime, you can enjoy images from the 2012 Exhibition including Daniel’s Journey by the Art Partners.

Final Words

Thanks to field for a wonderful evening, and once again to Enable Southwest and the South West Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre for financial support for Janine and Wanda’s trip to Melbourne.  Helen Seiver, Judi McGuigan and Ann Simpson, who were participants in the creation of 4 Fridays 4 Conversations, were unable to make the trip to the opening.  They were dearly missed.  The gorgeous photos for this blog posting were taken (mostly) by Carlene Egan.

11 thoughts on “Travels to the 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition

  1. Helen Seiver

    Dear Wanda and Janine,
    How I missed being there with you both! The work looks wonderful in the gallery and with such amazing images to the opening! Maybe next year eh?
    Helen

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  2. Johanna

    Your work is stunning! Congratulations! So glad that you had such a rewarding and eye-opening trip to Melbourne. You look so happy in the photos 🙂 I read the piece by Josh Zimmerman in the paper, and was most impressed. Fantastic.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Jo. We do look happy in the photos! It was a very energizing experience. It has been a privilege for us to have Josh cover a few of our stories in 2013. We hope the stars will align and he will report on us again at some point in the future!

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  3. Wanda

    Thank you Carol Anne for checking in. It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to attend the opening. We were there last year as well, and it was very rewarding too. 2014, well, it will be a challenge to match our first two experiences, but we all find it very invigorating to continue to advance the cause.

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  4. Irene Aguzzi

    Congratulations, Wanda! You are always doing such Wandafully creative work – whether it is photography, dress-making, painting … or inspiring others with your community-centred giving. You are dearly loved and prized by all of us who know you and your Mark muse! We can’t wait to see your next incarnation xoxo Missing you but enjoying your many successes from afar – Irene & Andre, Laval, Canada

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Irene and Andre for checking in! It’s great to know that you can keep in touch with us despite the vast distance between Australia and Canada. We hope you continue to enjoy our postings and stay in touch – Wanda, Mark and the Art Partners

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  5. Trudy Tuckey

    Congratulations again Wanda and Janine for this momentous achievement. Your work with Judy, Helen and Ann has been a huge blessing to Janine and her family and we are glad that the Red Cross Respite Centre was able to make a contribution toward Janine being able to go to the exhibition and enjoy the benefits of her hard work.
    We look forward too continuing to work with you in the future to achieve similar dreams.
    Maria, Trudy and the team

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Trudy and to everyone at the South West Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre. You made a significant contribution which helped make Janine’s trip to the opening possible. We also enjoyed meeting you when Janine came to present her thank-you gift. We hope you enjoy the album! Wanda, Janine and the Art Partners.

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  6. Louis Ariano

    Excellent work by all the folks who were involved. The photo are certainly an inspiration to the viewers. I marvel how everyone works together to make the activities successful. When names are mentioned there is some chance that some will be missed along with any meaningful contribution they made. Good Work Janine and company. We look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments.

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