Smile, or Your Money Back

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.

Say ‘Cheese’

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.

Daniel Marinovich and Helen Seiver say 'Cheese' in Melbourne

Daniel Marinovich and Helen Seiver say ‘Cheese’ in Melbourne

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.

Judi McGuigan and Janine Egan in the studio at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Judi McGuigan and Janine Egan in the studio at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

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.

Janine Egan with  Wanda Ariano in the Sunken Garden at the University of Western Australia

Janine Egan with Wanda Ariano in the Sunken Garden at the University of Western Australia

All Smiles

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.

Lois Waldin, Roslyn Burns, Tracey Musham, Wanda Ariano and Michaela Lindberg-Buck at Roslyn's card launch

Lois Waldin, Roslyn Burns, Tracey Musham, Wanda Ariano and Michaela Lindberg-Buck at Roslyn’s card launch

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.

Sherryl Wilson and Emma Matthews at the opening of Mini Me at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Sherryl Wilson and Emma Matthews at the opening of Mini Me at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Best Wishes

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.

24 thoughts on “Smile, or Your Money Back

  1. Jill Walker

    What beautiful people. Isn’t it great how smiles can break down all sorts of barriers. Having met Daniel, I think the photo of him is just wonderful.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Jill for checking out the post! We appreciate your ongoing support of Art Partners and we hope you’ll be able to meet up with us again at our next exhibition opportunity in Perth.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Michaela, Thanks so much for coming by the Stirling Street Arts Centre and for being part of the launch. It was great that you were able to meet Ros, and we’re thrilled that you’re heading back to Sweden with a 6-pack of beautiful cards.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great Denise! We’re delighted that Ros’ cards have made their way to the Lyndendale Gallery. I do hope that one day we can get Ros out to the Ferguson Valley for a visit. Thanks for your support of Art Partners.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Diane, It’s great to hear from you and to know that you’ve checked out the blog post. We know you’re cheering on Ros and the rest of us, and that means a great deal. Thank YOU!

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  2. Johanna

    I am smiling 🙂 What a gorgeous post – “Smile and the whole world smiles with you!” How true! It’s wonderful to see such spontaneous smiles and to hear of the awards and accolades these talented artists are receiving too. I’d like to get in touch with you about possibly selling Roslyn Burn’s cards on ZigaZag too – perhaps we could chat about how best to do this.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Johanna for all your encouragement and support. It would be a fantastic opportunity for Ros and Art Partners to have her cards available for sale on ZigaZag. We’re always looking for ways to increase our social capital, and ZigaZag would be an ideal way for us to reach a wider cross section of the community. Yes, let’s chat.

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  3. Sally Wright

    What fabulous smiles from Daniel, Janine, Roslyn and Emma – they show just how much fun and enjoyment they are having. We’re proud to have had Daniel and Ros be creative with us here at Stirling Street Arts Centre and look forward to many years association with Art Partners – a fantastic program running here in the South West.

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  4. Carlene

    Such wonderful smiles..it’s clear the joy AP brings to those involved and to broader community. Great to see the blogs, and thanks to the artists for making the world a beautiful place through your artistic expression…and through your smiles 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Carlene for checking out the post. We knew you’d love it. We only wish you were closer to the see the smiles (and the art work) in real life! Please stay in touch!

      Reply
  5. Karen Colley

    I have sore cheeks from all the smiling I did reading your stories and looking at your photos – thanks for sharing!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Karen. It’s always great to hear from you and to know that you’re following our journey. It’s just that much better when you’re part of it!

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  6. Adam Johnson

    A smile says it all. People smile when they are enjoying what they do, they value it, and they are doing it together with other people they care about and who care about them. Keep up the great work everyone 🙂
    Adam

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Adam! It’s just super when people who know the artists are able to follow some of their story via the blog posts. Please stay in touch!

      Reply

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