Why Sticking It Out Can Reap Rewards

The weather in the South West of Western Australia has been unseasonable and unpredictable.  But, the morning of Wednesday, October 9 held promise.  Although it was breezy, the sun was peeking through the cloud cover and there was reason to be optimistic.

Emma Matthews was the face of optimism on October 9 with her face-painted spider and her well-received work Spider Goes on Holiday

Emma Matthews was the face of optimism on October 9 with her face-painted spider and her well-received work Spider Goes on Holiday

The Art Partners team had planned an ambitious contribution to the Mental Health Week 2013 Exhibition which was scheduled for that morning in Bunbury’s Paisley Square.  Eight works had been prepared for exhibition including contributions by two partnerships.  This was the first time since the launch of the program that protégés and mentors would be exhibiting work of similar style.  The eight works by the Art Partners were to be part of a much larger outdoor exhibition including work by other contributors.

Shadow Puppets Escape the Glare

The shadow puppets by Zoe Hogan and mentor Anne-Marie Hastwell were perhaps the most intriguing of the Art Partners offerings.  The puppets, along with their makers, were the subject of an article the day before in the Bunbury Herald newspaper.

As exhibition organisers were hanging the works that morning on the edge of Paisley Square, a rather violent gust of wind swept down Prinsep Street and took several of the works crashing down.  The shadow puppets, in their beautiful box frames, bore the brunt of the gust.  No glass was broken, but the frames were damaged and would need to be repaired.  Perhaps the shadow puppets were not keen on the public glare and simply wanted to be reunited with their makers.  Unfortunately for them, they had to make a pit stop at Southern Picture Framers prior to finding their way home.

Organisers then decided that it was simply too dangerous to stage the exhibition.  The works were packed up and plans were made to transport the works to safety.

However, as the Art Partners team was shuffling across Paisley Square with heads bowed in disappointment, the weather seemed to calm and the prospect of the protégés and mentors showing up and not finding their work on exhibition was rather deflating.

Picking up the Pieces

Thus, the display frames were relocated to another side of the square where there was perhaps a little more shelter from the breeze.  The works by the Art Partners were hung and the morning was salvaged.  Almost everyone who was exhibiting did stop by for a visit and enjoyed high-quality engagements.

Wonderful Works

Janine Egan exhibited Tropical Morning, a work she created in the company of her term-three mentor Julie McKie in their class at The Red Mill Gallery.  Janine accepted an offer to sell her work.

Tropical Morning by Janine Egan which she sold as a result of the exhibition

Tropical Morning by Janine Egan which she sold as a result of the exhibition

Roslyn Burns had Blossoms in Japan on exhibition.  This is a work she painted in 2012 in her class at the Stirling Street Arts Centre.  She paints there every Tuesday of the school term in the company of her mentor Billie Griffiths and her friend and support worker Tracey Musham.  Roslyn received an expression of interest from a potential buyer.

Blossoms in Japan by Roslyn Burns who received an expression of interest from a potential buyer as a result of the exhibition

Blossoms in Japan by Roslyn Burns who received an expression of interest from a potential buyer as a result of the exhibition

Daniel Marinovich was represented by his 2012 work Frogs Jumped on the Lily Pads.  Daniel’s work was really well received, and he was encouraged by Art Partners organisers to enter it in the upcoming As We Are Art Award & Exhibition in Perth.

Frogs Jumped on the Lily Pads by Daniel Marinovich.  This work will be exhibited in the As We Are Art Award & Exhibition opening in Perth on November 9

Frogs Jumped on the Lily Pads by Daniel Marinovich. This work will be exhibited in the As We Are Art Award & Exhibition opening in Perth on November 9

Spider Goes on Holiday and other Intrigues

Emma Matthews had her beautifully framed Spider Goes on Holiday on display.  She adorned her face with a spider (courtesy of the face painting team), and watched as several people stopped by to have a look and have animated exchanges about her work.  Emma also had a bit of an informal exhibition going on.  She was exchanging (with the Art Partners team) her Self-Portrait (which had been on exhibition for two months) for Tim and Tom (which is scheduled for an upcoming exhibition).  Thus, Self-Portrait gained a few new fans (including Tracey Piper), and Enable’s Adam Johnson was given a private viewing of Tim and Tom.

Emma Matthews shaking hands with Enable's Tracey Piper after discussing Emma's Self-Portrait

Emma Matthews shaking hands with Enable’s Tracey Piper after discussing Emma’s Self-Portrait

And so, after nearly being undone by the South West’s unpredictable weather, sticking it out and getting the surviving works on display proved worthwhile.  Several reaped rewards which included artwork sales and quality engagements.  It just goes to show that persistence can pay off.

And, by the way, the shadow puppets were repaired thanks to our friends at Southern Picture Framers and are now in the safe hands of Zoe and Anne-Marie.

16 thoughts on “Why Sticking It Out Can Reap Rewards

  1. Deborah Karpierz

    It was wonderful to see that some of the art work was salvaged and exhibited…Luckily for me, Emmas’ art work survived the winds.. Proud mumma moment….Art Partners is an amazing program, run by equally amazing people and mentors….looking forward to this terms projects…

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Deborah for checking out the post. It was great that you and Emma were able to join us that morning, and that Emma had some lovely interactions. You’re right, this term should be interesting.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Denise for stopping by. It’s always great to get feedback from a gallery owner! We’re so happy we made the best of a difficult situation and eventually secured a happy ending.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Helen! Yes, it was something, wasn’t it? We have plenty of time to consider alternate arrangements for next year. Although I love the outdoor exhibition idea, shelter will definitely be the order of the day for 2014.

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  2. z

    Hi Art partners – what wonderful works of art!! We did not unfortunately get to see them as the storm swept through before we went down to have a look. My daughter, Zoe, had one of the puppets and Art Partners arranged for it to be repaired like new again!!! I am looking forward to enjoying future exhibitions of a similar nature. Zoe adores the Art Partnership programme and it has given her such confidence.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks for checking out the post. It’s nice to hear from you. Zoe has been a gift to Art Partners. We are delighted that she’s getting as much out of her participation as we are!

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  3. Carlene

    Wow..what wonderful works of art! Congratulations to you all on the exhibition and I admire your determination to continue sharing your work with the community, even when the weather is throwing some challenges. Wish I could be closer to admire the work and talk to the artists in person, but love that technology can bring the beauty of the art in to my home on the other side of the country…thank you! From one sister to another: Janine your work just keeps getting more beautiful and I love your commitment and creativity. If that piece hadn’t sold I would ‘ve snaffled it, maybe it’s time to commission a piece?? xxx

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Carlene, How wonderful to hear from you! I think we just need to get you over here for a visit with some time to connect with Janine as well as the other Art Partners. How wonderful would that be?

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  4. Rosalie Carmichael

    The photos of the pieces on show are lovely and it was great you were able to save the day. The other art work from the exhibition were successfully exhibited at the Bunbury Entertainment Centre on Saturday afternoon for the closing of Mental Health Week Activities and was well received by the public. The winner of the Viewers Choice was the triptych from the Mental Health Unit at the Bunbury Health Campus. Looking forward to seeing more amazing work from Art Partners. Cheers Rosalie

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Rosalie for details of what happened on Saturday afternoon at BREC. We’re delighted that everyone who had hoped to exhibit their artwork eventually did get the opportunity. Please stay in touch as we’ll have more blog posts with pictures coming your way shortly!

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  5. Johanna

    Frogs jumped on the Lily Pads and Blossoms in Japan captured my attention immediately, but they’re all good, and I love the idea of the shadow puppets. (I thought I’d commented on this post previously, so I’m going to copy and paste this to you in an email just in case. I can also see that the ‘follow new posts via email’ only appears in the comment/reply section, so all good, I’m signing up again right now:) )

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  6. Anne-marie Hastwell

    Today there was a celebration in the shadow puppet world as, after a few weeks apart, they were once again united to spend the rest of their days together. Thank you, ART PARTNERS for an oppurtunity to share time and art with some special people. Zoe, you make awesome art and are a very special person, it’s a pleasure to “art” with you.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Anne-Marie. It has been quite an adventure for the shadow puppets. I think they will be delighted to be reunited! It was gorgeous of you to present your framed puppet to Zoe. We’re looking forward to more adventures in the future!

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