Above is a sneak preview of the 9 by 5 inch artworks which were inspired by a July workshop hosted by Helen Seiver.
Fresh on the heels of the successful 2013 Rob McNamara Workshop Series, the Art Partners team decided on a mini-workshop with a few objectives. First, was to inspire the creation of 9 by 5 inch panels for an upcoming fundraising auction at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Second, was to facilitate some introductions between participants. Protégé Janine Egan’s mentor Judi McGuigan was going to be away for the term. Thus, newly-recruited mentor Julie McKie was scheduled to begin working with Janine in her class at The Red Mill Store Studio Gallery. This workshop was the chance for Janine, Judi and Julie to spend some time together. If the names are throwing a curve ball your way, don’t worry. Just think of them as the Triple Js!
Helen Seiver agreed to facilitate the workshop for the 9 by 5s. Other participants included mentor Ann Simpson and Program Officer Wanda Ariano.
It was agreed that participants would come to the workshop prepared to respond to a floral theme. This was inspired by Janine’s love of flowers, and also by the fact that flowers are universally admired and are an attractive subject to so many artists.
Janine wanted to work with wax. Judi was keen to experiment with a floral linocut and a stamp with beautiful, but indecipherable Italian script. Julie planned to create a 9 by 5 using ‘paper napkin art,’ which had everyone intrigued. Ann was inspired to share her love of textiles and stitching. Wanda came equipped with aluminum cans, beads and wire and was enthusiastic about make flowers with dimension.
After a very engaging few hours together, there was clearly homework to be done. Janine, however, managed to finish her acrylic and wax work which is a colourful composition of carnations standing in a yellow watering can sitting on a blue table. The finishing touch was completed with support from Helen who demonstrated how to apply a wax surface to Janine’s painting. Everyone else parted ways knowing there were challenges ahead in order to meet the ECU deadline for completed auction offerings.
In the weeks following the workshop, the finished pieces started to roll in. Judi completed two beautiful and complimentary works using her linocut and the stamp of Italian script. Julie did maximize her use of paper napkins to complete two lovely works. Ann offered up a striking 9 by 5 appliqué called Sweet Viola which, according to her (and the Art Partners team absolutely agrees), “is ablaze with colour to brighten your day and to cheer and warm your heart.” Wanda created (or is that ‘engineered’ with support from husband Mark) Pop Can Blossoms using aluminum cut from cans, beads and wire.
Helen, who was far too busy keeping everyone on track at the workshop to even begin her own creation, completed a beautiful floral ‘lino’ work, Translating the Domestic, also layered with wax.
Although Billie Griffiths was not at the workshop, she has been a mentor with Art Partners since the program’s inception in 2011. Billie, not one to miss out on much, created Spring Celebration in response to her love of the life-giving tree.
Friday, September 20 will be your chance to see these creations which will be up for auction at ECU. Funds raised from the sale of the 9 by 5 inch artworks will be used to produce a professional catalogue of the work of the visual arts graduating students. In addition, a portion of the funds raised will be donated to Art Partners to support artists’ expenses. Don’t miss this opportunity: Friday, September 20 from 1:00 p.m. in Building 6. The works will be on display for one week prior to the auction in Building 1.
If you’re based in Bunbury, the Art Partners hope to see you there!