Sam Everitt has had some really inspiring photographic experiences. In 2012, he travelled to England, and visited the Chelsea Flower Show. According to www.royal.gov.uk (the official website of The British Monarchy): “The Chelsea Flower Show has become a regular fixture in the Royal calendar since it was first held in 1913. The aim of the exhibitions is to encourage amateur gardeners of all standards to try to achieve similar displays in their own gardens.” Sam captured an impressive number of high-quality floral images from the 2012 exhibition, and he’s been sharing his travel memories ever since.
Blooms from Chelsea Flower Show
In 2013, with support from Enable Southwest, Sam had a solo show – Blooms from Chelsea Flower Show – at the Bunbury City Library. Images of three of his works were purchased by Enable and can been seen in their offices on Beach Road. One of the three images – Sleeping Beauty – was featured in Art in the City, the Art Partners series of exhibitions of solo works. Sleeping Beauty also featured on the face of a limited edition series of postcards.
Lois Chooses Her Top Five
Later that same year, Lois Waldin, who together with her husband Mike owns Bunbury’s Southern Picture Framers, saw the series of prints from the Bunbury City Library exhibition. Seeing the potential. Lois chose five images to have reproduced and framed to use as a decorative feature on their shop walls. The framed prints are also providing a revenue-generating opportunity for Sam.
Sam saw a couple of the framed prints for the first time in 2014 when Lois unveiled them at a breakfast that Art Partners had with the Board of Directors of the Disability Services Commission. The two that were unveiled were stunning, and it was clear that the chosen five – dubbed Florals in Frames – would make a beautiful mini-exhibition.
‘Florals in Frames’ at Southern Picture Framers
By early April, the five Florals in Frames were hanging in Southern Picture Framers on Cornwall Street. Sam visited and was received with warmth and enthusiasm by Lois and Mike. It’s clear that the Waldin’s skilled craftsmanship in the frame shop and convivial approach to customer service is their formula for a successful small business.
The day of Sam’s visit, James Taylor from the Bunbury Mail dropped in for a photo shoot. James photographed Sam standing in an archway while gesturing with his arms towards his Florals.
While the Florals are for sale, we’re secretly hoping (well, now it’s not so secret) that Sam’s five works hang around for a little while so that visitors to Southern Picture Framers as well as Sam’s family and friends have a chance to enjoy them.
Seeing ‘Florals in Frames’
You can see Sam’s Florals in Frames at Southern Picture Framers, 7A Cornwall Street, Bunbury, WA:
Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Telephone: 9721 6166
Meeting Sam in Person
Sam and his Art Partners mentor Verity Lee attend the Photography Group of Bunbury which meets on the final Thursday of each month at the Stirling Street Arts Centre from 7:00 p.m.
And, Just for You…
Sam, along with the rest of us, would love to hear from you. For those who comment on the blog post – by clicking on ‘replies’ immediately under the article’s title – you’ll receive a postcard featuring Variegated Purple Orchid (pictured above). If we can track you down, and if you’re close enough, Sam might even deliver your postcard in person!