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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Our Own People’s Choice
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