A Tale of 9 Beautiful Works and 4 Awards

The Art Partners were out in force in Perth on Saturday evening at the opening of the As We Are Art Award & Exhibition in the foyer of the Central Park Building on St. Georges Terrace.    A total of nine carefully selected works by five participants had been shipped north from Bunbury to be included in the 159 exhibited.  The artists, who were able to make the trip to Perth, attended with support from their families or the Art Partners team.

Flowers Attract Admirers

Sam Everitt, who had travelled up from Bunbury for the evening, had two of his most recent floral photographic prints on show:  Kangaroo Paw and Bottlebrush (not pictured).  His stunning Kangaroo Paw in particular attracted several admirers including Marit Kloostra from the Department of Culture and the Arts and Luke Doyle from the Disability Services Commission.  Sam also spent part of his evening in animated conversation with Art Partners copywriter Jill Walker who had come up from Mandurah to enjoy the exhibition and meet the artists. 

Idyllic Scenes by Roslyn

Two of Roslyn Burns’ stunning landscape scenes were exhibited:  The Waterfall and Spring is Coming

The Waterfall by Roslyn Burns

The Waterfall by Roslyn Burns

At the opening, the Art Partners team connected with artist Judy Mary Seward (one of the organisers of the Fingers and Petals exhibition at the Freight Gallery earlier this year) who had spotted both of Roslyn’s works.  Judy Mary felt that Roslyn’s acrylics were two of the strongest pieces on show.  And, to top it all off, Roslyn won the Aurenda Art Award for Spring is Coming.  Watch for more on both of these works which will feature on the face of soon-to-be-printed greeting cards.  Bravo Roslyn!

Spring is Coming by Roslyn Burns, winner of the Aurenda Art Award

Spring is Coming by Roslyn Burns, winner of the Aurenda Art Award

Jonathan’s Tree of Life a Standout

Jonathan Flower’s lead light entry is an exceptional work.  Over a period of four months, Jonathan crafted the three-dimensional piece at Bunbury’s Stirling Street Arts Centre with support from his mentor Peter Coughlan. Unfortunately, the interior exhibition venue does not come close to doing justice to Tree of Life.  Thus, you are invited to enjoy the work as photographed by the Flower family where it really belongs – in the outdoors with natural light.  Congratulations to Jonathan who was awarded a Judges’ High Commendation for his stunning work!

Tree of Life by Jonathan Flower which received a Judges' High Commendation

Tree of Life by Jonathan Flower which received a Judges’ High Commendation

Striking Abstracts

Daniel Marinovich entered Galaxy and Frogs Jumped on the Lily Pads into the exhibition.  Followers of Daniel might remember Galaxy which was created in a mini-workshop led by Bunbury artist Rocheen Navarro.  It was exhibited earlier this year as part of Art in the City. 

Galaxy by Daniel Marinovich

Galaxy by Daniel Marinovich

Frogs is a smaller work which was exhibited at Bunbury’s Mental Health Week in October.  When Daniel and his mentor Edy Rees arrived at the opening of the exhibition, they were in for a pleasant surprise. Frogs was already adorned with a red dot because it had sold, and in addition, it received a Judges’ High Commendation!

Choice Works by Janine

Janine Egan had a large body of work to choose from for this year’s As We Are.  With advice and encouragement from South West artist Helen Seiver, Janine chose to enter Eye of the Tiger and Island of Flowers

Eye of the Tiger by Janine Egan

Eye of the Tiger by Janine Egan

Both works hail from Janine’s time at The Red Mill Studio Gallery, with Island of Flowers receiving its finishing touches in a master class led by Helen.  Janine attended the opening with Bunbury and Perth-based family, and took delight in seeing red dots on both her works.  She also received a Judges’ High Commendation for Island of Flowers.  Fantastic Janine!

Island of Flowers by Janine Egan which received a Judges' High Commendation

Island of Flowers by Janine Egan which received a Judges’ High Commendation

Our Own People’s Choice

Why not have our own people’s choice from the above works?  Tell us what resonates with you by replying to the post.

14 thoughts on “A Tale of 9 Beautiful Works and 4 Awards

  1. Johanna

    What incredible talent! I can only say “Wow! Well done everyone!” Although it’s really hard to pick one piece, I have to say that Eye of the Tiger is probably my favourite. I love the colours, and the abstract nature of the artwork but the idea of a tiger hovering behind the paint in an alternative dimension, his eyes constantly upon you, really made me look and keep on looking.
    Again, another fabulous initiative.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Jo. Yes, Eye of the Tiger was a hit. As the legend goes, it was purchased on the opening night by one of the people involved in setting up the exhibition. The purchaser felt that the tiger’s eyes were upon her whenever she was in the vicinity.

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    1. Art Partners

      Thanks Helen. As We Are 2013 has been a wonderful experience. Each one of the Art Partners who participated has won in their own way – from Roslyn winning one of the five biggies to Sam starring in the media campaign. Well done to each of them, and to you for the exceptional role you play.

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  2. judy mary seward

    I found Janine’s ‘Eye of a Tiger’ a most powerful work and it deeply impressed the people I went with or were standing near me. I was very sorry it was sold before i arrived.! Both Roslyn’s works blew me away and everyone who came past while i was there stood looking and marvelling at them for a long time. ‘The waterfall’ and pond are so incredibly 3D . You can feel the water rushing over the edge and the depth of the pool . I loved the landscape in both of Rosyln’s paintings and feeling the cold wintery scene and it’s warm bursts in ‘Spring is Coming’ took my breath away. Well done Roslyn. Well done too to Jonothan, Sam and Daniel. I agree Jonothan’s Tree of Life would be shown at it’s best in the garden but it looked a very fine piece of creative work in the foyer. Congratulations. . Daniel’s ‘Frogs’ was another big favourite of mine and Sam’s floral photos are exceptional. Just WOW to you all…

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Judy Mary for taking the time to comment on the post. It was great to see you at the opening and we’re so glad you enjoyed the contributions of the Art Partners. We’ll certainly be circulating your comment. And, thanks for sharing the link with others!

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  3. Susie Waller

    Thank you to Sam, Roslyn, Jonathan, Daniel and Janine for your stunning entries in this year’s As We Are Art Award. Your talent was certainly recognised by the judges as indicated by the large number of awards that you all took home, and by the large number of your works purchased by visitors on the opening night! Thank you also for making the long journey to Perth to join in the opening night celebrations, it was lovely to have your presence there.
    A big thanks also to the Art Partners team and mentors, in particular Wanda, your hard work and commitment should certainly not go unrecognised!
    In regards to my favourite artwork above, mmmhh that is a really hard question, particularly being a lover of nature and the nature-based theme of many of these artworks! I can certainly appreciate each for their unique ability to capture a different part of nature, and express it through various media.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Susie for checking out the post. We are very proud of our achievements at this year’s As We Are. We know that the purchased pieces will be much loved, and the pieces that do come home will be cherished. Thanks again for all efforts, for issuing the media release announcing the prize winners and for liaising with our local media. You’re a champion!

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  4. Catherine Curnow

    These are all fabulous art pieces! Congratulations to all artists. I always love kangaroo paws, presented in any medium. Roslyn’s Waterfall, and Janine’s Island of Flowers are spectacular. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pieces with us.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Catherine! It’s great to see you popping by to check out the post. Yes, I’m sure you would love Sam’s Kangaroo Paw given that you spend time walking those beautiful WA trails.

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  5. Adam Johnson

    Well done everyone, i’m constantly blown away at the quality of the art work. Roslyn I particularly admire you for your incredible talent at painting captivating scenes that always draw me in and get my imagination going. The Waterfall and Spring Is Coming are no exceptions. They have my vote 🙂 (If it has to be one, then Spring Is Coming)

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Adam for checking out the post. Roslyn will be delighted to hear that you’re a fan of her work. The two paintings that she entered in this exhibition have so much depth that it’s easy to see how you can get drawn in. Stay tuned for more from Roslyn.

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