At Art Partners, we think smiling big and very often is a great thing to do.
As a special tribute to Valentine’s Day, we’re featuring some of our best smilers sporting some very energetic grins.
We hope you enjoy not only the photos, but the accompanying stories as well.
Just a word of caution: reading is optional, smiling is mandatory.
First off is protégé Daniel Marinovich and Artistic Advisor Helen Seiver. This shot was taken at a bus stop by mentor Fay Fisher while the trio was in Melbourne in August 2012. Daniel, Helen and Fay were out and about just prior to attending the opening of the Rob McNamara Exhibition at the Collingwood Gallery. The Art Partners collaborative work – Daniel’s Journey – was chosen for inclusion in the exhibition, and the group was there to soak up the delights of opening night.
Smile of Surprise
This snap features mentor Judi McGuigan and protégé Janine Egan in the studio of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries in 2012. Janine had just unwrapped one of her works that had been framed by FRAME IT!, the program’s framing initiative with Southern Picture Framers. Janine’s work, a colourful geometric line drawing, was a work that originally brought her to the attention of Art Partners organisers. We just love the spontaneous look of delight on Janine’s face once the wrapping paper came off.
The Look of Joy
This is protégé Janine Egan once again. This time she’s in the Sunken Garden at the University of Western Australia in August 2013. She had travelled up to Perth with a group of Art Partners including Julie McKie, her mentor at the time. The Art Partners were about to make a presentation at the Here & Now 13 Symposium which was taking place in the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Maureen Brearley, from the Disability Services Commission, captured Janine with her joyous expression.
This group of very smiley people was celebrating the launch of Roslyn Burns’ commercial card line on February 4, 2014, at the Stirling Street Arts Centre. Roslyn’s fan club includes Lois Waldin from Southern Picture Framers (one of the two retailers selling the cards); Tracey Musham, Roslyn’s support worker who collaborated with her during the painting of most of the card images; Wanda Ariano the Art Partners Program Officer; and Michaela Lindberg-Buck who was visiting the team from Sweden. If you would like to be as smiley as this quintet, get down to Southern Picture Framers or the Lyndendale Gallery and purchase your 6-pack of greeting cards. They’re an easy $10 a pack.
The Smile that Says: Hold Me Tight and Don’t Let Go
This delightful duo is mentor Sherryl Wilson and protégé Emma Matthews. They were caught on camera at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries while attending the opening of Mini Me, the Creative Kids third term exhibition in September 2013. Emma had several works on display that she had created with support from Sherryl during that term. Emma’s great to photograph. Sometimes bold, sometimes shy, she’s never far from sporting a warm and engaging smile.
With that, we wish you the best Valentine’s Day, and we hope you scored a smile. Tell us so in the comments section.
Love from AP.