As we prepare to ship 10 works by the Art Partners off to an exhibition in Perth, something in this wondrous package is immediately evident: all five of the participating artists have had the opportunity to work with more than one mentor. Everyone in the last year or so has benefitted from multiple artistic influences.
We’d thought we’d take this opportunity to preview the 10 works by the five artists before they’re packaged up and shipped to the As We Are Art Award and Exhibition which opens in central Perth on November 1.
This post is a celebration of the chosen works and the artists, but also the mentors who have supported the creation of this beautiful body of work.
Roslyn Burns with Amanda Doust and Billie Griffiths
The Walking Path was created by Roslyn (Ros) in 2014 with support from mentor Amanda Doust. It started as a plein air experience when Ros and her team, including friend and support worker Tracey Musham, visited the Leschenault Waterways Discovery Centre and Jetty Walk in Australind.
Kangaroo Paw by Ros was completed in 2013 with guidance from mentor Billie Griffiths. This work was part of the Art in the City exhibition series of solo works in Bunbury, and will soon have the chance to be seen by a wider audience in central Perth.
Sam Everitt with Verity Lee and Jill Harrison
Sam has been in a mentorship with Verity Lee since 2012. The duo attends the once-a-month Photography Group of Bunbury.
In early June, however, Sam had the opportunity to attend a workshop at Lyndendale Gallery with professional photographer Jill Harrison. The workshop venue was the perfect setting for trying out Jill’s practical tips. Sam produced these two beautiful images which also featured in Make Your Pics Soar with these Top Tips.
Keon Hall with Edy Rees and Simon Hemsley
Keon travels from Collie to participate in a weekly water colour class led by Coleen Clifton at the Stirling Street Arts Centre. He attends alongside his mentor Edy Rees with whom he created King.
Keon has also enjoyed a number of sessions with artist Simon Hemsley. On one occasion, the pair experimented with rice paper and Keon produced Rice Paper Work which has been beautifully framed by Southern Picture Framers.
Janine Egan with Judi McGuigan and Edy Rees
Janine has had a multitude of opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of artistic influences. Her two mixed media works chosen for As We Are – Fiery Rose and Mystery Bird – were created with guidance from Judi McGuigan. Mystery Bird, however, was revisited recently with Edy Rees, and it has had a rebirth of sorts. An acrylic on canvas painting, which was clearly a bird, has been transformed with another application of medium. It really has become a mystery bird.
Daniel Marinovich with Edy Rees and Helen Seiver
Similar to Janine’s artistic journey, Daniel (Dan) has had the opportunity to work with numerous artists including Marina Troitsky, Anastasija Komarnyckyj and Judi McGuigan. His experiences with these artists were chronicled in Dan and the South West Artists: A Visual Journey. For As We Are, Dan will be exhibiting Daniel’s Bridge which he created with support from Edy Rees, and Pot of Flowers which came to life in the company of a number of artists including class tutor Rocheen Navarro and mentor Helen Seiver.
As We Are Art Award and Exhibition opens on Saturday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. in Perth’s Central Park Building Foyer (152-158 St. Georges Terrace). Exhibition hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibition runs from November 2 – 14. All works are for sale.
If we’re lucky, we might just see you there. If not, please leave a note in the comments section letting us know what you think of our Perth-bound package.