10 Top Tales from 2014

For our final hurrah of 2014, what’s better than a mini retrospective of our favourite tales of the year?

At our end-of-year tea held in the Ocean View Room of the Lighthouse Beach Resort in Bunbury, which was attended by protégés, mentors, families, sponsors and special friends, 20 framed works – thanks to our friends at Southern Picture Framers – were presented.  Ten of those works are photographs that are part of the ABC Open’s Snapped project.  We thought you’d enjoy seeing a compilation of these works and a line or two about each photograph’s back-story.

Before we get rolling, we do have a give-away this month.  We’ll be offering four individuals who comment a set of beautiful gift tags by artist Marguerite Aberle.  Also, special thanks to Carensa Werder for our feature photograph of Daniel Marinovich holding Daniel Dabbles (above) and the dreamy photographs of guinea pig Patch and Marguerite’s gift tags (both below).

Let’s roll with our top 10 in random order…

Me and My Owner for Snapped: At Play

This gorgeous photograph by Carensa Werder features Patch, Daniel McLachlan’s guinea pig.  Daniel crafted a short piece of dialogue between Patch and his brother Snowy.  You can read it here.

Me and My Owner. Photo: Carensa Werder

Me and My Owner. Photo: Carensa Werder

Two Scary Monsters for Snapped: Two

These two creatures were brought to life by Emma Matthews, with support from mentors Billie Griffiths and Helen Seiver, while in a Creative Kids class at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Quinn and Jack, along with their pal King, have been very busy these past few months.  You can see them in action right here.

Two Scary Monsters

Two Scary Monsters

Daniel Dabbles for Snapped: At Play

This lovely photo of Daniel Marinovich was taken in the studio of artist Anastasija Komarnyckyj. Daniel attended a mini-workshop and completed a painting Blowing in the Wind which was exhibited as part of the Art in the City exhibition series.

Daniel Dabbles

Daniel Dabbles

2 Bikes for Snapped: Two

This stunning photograph of two cyclists along one of Bunbury’s many cycle paths was taken by David Gaudion.

2 Bikes. Photo: David Gaudion

2 Bikes. Photo: David Gaudion

Janine Loves her Paint for Snapped: At Play

Janine Egan does love her paint.  She loves her flowers too.  In this photograph, taken during a mini-workshop at Helen Seiver’s studio in Capel, Janine looks to be enjoying two of her favourite things in life.

Janine Loves her Paint

Janine Loves her Paint

 Delighted Duo for Snapped: Two

Alyssa Skippings and Isabell Evans were spotted at the opening of the Visions exhibition at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.  Alyssa had just won the Education Support Award for her work Love-Hate created at Newton Moore Senior High School.  Her award-winning creation is currently part of the Art in the City exhibition series.

Delighted Duo. Photo Editor: André Pilon

Delighted Duo. Photo Editor: André Pilon

Elephant in a Box for Snapped: Two

This delightful photo of Keon Hall has him showing off an origami box in two halves that he created for a tiny origami elephant that his mentor Edy Rees brought him as a gift from Bali.  You can read the full story right here.

Elephant in a Box

Elephant in a Box

Landscape from the Jetty for Snapped: Australian Landscapes

This intriguing photograph by Sam Everitt is one of his four submissions for Snapped: Australian Landscapes.  It was also part of the MOSAIC 2014 exhibition in Perth in November.  Read the full story – which is practically an urban legend by now – right here.

Landscape from the Jetty. Photo: Sam Everitt

Landscape from the Jetty. Photo: Sam Everitt

Two Mandalas for Snapped: Two

Earlier this year, Zoe Hogan and Wanda Ariano – who was Zoe’s replacement mentor for her Creative Kids session – created mandalas.  They were both clothes-pegged to a tree and photographed for Snapped.

Two Mandalas

Two Mandalas

Two Traceys for Snapped: Two

Encouraged by mentor Amanda Doust, Roslyn Burns painted a portrait of her support worker Tracey Musham.  The acrylic on canvas painting, called Just Like Tracey, was Roslyn’s first foray into portraiture, and beautifully captures Tracey’s larger than life personality.

Two Traceys

Two Traceys

 A Give-away!

This month, those keen souls who comment on this post, will have the chance to win one of four sets of beautiful gift tags by artist Marguerite Aberle.  This is not a contest, but a draw!  Thus, anyone who comments by January 14 is in with a chance!  And, given that postage costs won’t be an issue, international readers are encouraged to indulge in the possibility.

Gift Tags by Marguerite Aberle. Photo:  Carensa Werder

Gift Tags by Marguerite Aberle. Photo: Carensa Werder

Have a great holiday season, and we’ll see you all again in 2015!

48 thoughts on “10 Top Tales from 2014

  1. Isabell Evans

    Such a happy read, such a fantastic year for Art Partners and all involved. I know as a mentor I for one am constantly dazzled by the positivity, ingenuity and creativity that Art Partners encompasses. Bring on 2015!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Isabell for your wonderful contribution to making 2014 a reality. We are very grateful that you joined us! You’re right, let’s get going with 2015.

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  2. Lois

    Always enjoy seeing the great pieces created by Art Partners, such a talented group.
    Framing there pieces is a joy. Keep up the good work in 2015.
    Lois, Southern Picture Framers

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Greetings Lois! Thanks to you, Mike and Franca for your ongoing support of our wonderful program. Special thanks to you personally for taking time to frame the eight photographs for the primary and supporting sponsors. We already have new works in the queue for framing. Looking forward to 2015!

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    2. Art Partners Post author

      P.S. to Lois at Southern Picture Framers: I thought it might be fun to do a little statistical retrospective. Here is what we’ve achieved annually – with your support – in terms of framing and mounting: 2014 – 58 works framed or mounted; 2013 – 25; 2012 – 30; and, 2011 pilot project – 45. A stunning accomplishment. Thank you.

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  3. waferal

    A lovely top ten to read. A fantastic effort from all those involved. Thank you to the sponsors for enabling art partners to continue its life changing work.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Waferal! You’re right, the sponsors play such a major role in providing a base of funding for Art Partners. Kudos, in fact, to all the funders, large and small.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Daniel, It’s been a gift to have you as part of Art Partners. Congratulations on everything you’ve achieved this past year. There is definitely lots more to come!

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  4. Louis Ariano

    With such an eclectic range of photos and variety of fabulous works which display great imagination, I am sure that the tea was an overwhelming success. I feel it would be very difficult to make a choice if one wanted to purchase one work given the wide selection to possibly choose from.
    The mentors, sponsors and support workers certainly deserve to be commended for their involvement in encouraging the proteges in this worthy endeavour which gives them a sense of accomplishment and purpose and also a sense of recognition.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Louis. Yes, our end-of-year tea was grand and a lovely way to wrap up our year. Thanks for your generous financial support and for your encouragement by way of blog comments this past year. See you in 2015!

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  5. Kandy

    Thank you for sharing these works. What a wonderful way to capture the incredible work in 2014, by Art Partners and its talented team. Looking forward to another exciting year of celebrating the team’s remarkable art works.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Kandy. Yes, our ABC Open collection is a real celebration of our 2014 year. Thank you for being part of it. We look forward to seeing more of you in the New Year.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you André for your beautiful comment. Perhaps it should become our slogan going forth into 2015. Here’s a translation for our non French-speaking readers: “It’s fun to know and to see that art is for everyone.”

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  6. Lindy Loo

    What a lovely group of people Art Partners have. All so diverse yet with something in common.
    The ability to capture some of these treasured moments is another art being shared. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Irene - a Canadian fan!

    Dear Art Partners, I can’t tell you how much you warm my heart with your projects from scary monsters to origami, mandalas to “back stories” of photographs!!! In this Festive time of year, where people like me prepare for the Holidays and the theme of “hosting with love” is central to the season, I read the review of your year and thought to myself: My goodness, it’s Christmas EVERY DAY at Art Partners! To me, your retrospective captures the full range and color of what is meant by “warm welcome, generous hosting and sharing “. When I think of the French word “accueil” I think of you – how warmly you welcome us into your journeys and how wonderfully you open your doors, hearts and creativity throughout the year, every year. Thank you for this blog post, but also, for the compelling creativity you engender and inspire. Much love to you all – and continued wishes for joys and success!!!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dearest Irene, Thank you for this beautiful piece of prose. We really like that expression: “it’s Christmas every day at Art Partners.” Given all the people who donate financially and contribute their time and imagination, your sentiment is spot on. Blessings to you for a wonderful holiday season. See you in 2015!

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  8. Carensa Werder

    Such positive things achieved by Art Partners in 2014. Have enjoyed working with Wanda and the team in the final months of 2014, looking forward to see what 2015 brings 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Helen for your never ending contribution to Art Partners. You’ve been with us since the beginning and your energy and artistic genius really do help propel us forward.

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  9. Lyndendale Gallery

    What a great year Art Partners has had! Well done Wanda for coordinating it so well and so enthusiastically. At Lyndendale Gallery we were delighted to meet Sam at one of our photography workshops and to see the wonderful photos he produced.
    Modestly, Wanda doesn’t mention the beginners’ French workshops she took that were loved by all the participants. She donated the cost of the workshops to Art Partners.
    I look forward to interacting with Art Partners in 2015.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Lyndendale Gallery for your 2014 collaborations. The photography workshop with Sam and the French lessons were a resounding success. We are also really appreciative of you being an outlet for Roslyn Burns’ greeting cards. Kudos for all and we look forward to continuing our involvement with you in 2015!

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  10. Mike

    Hi Wanda! What a wonderful, warm post to not only wrap up my evening with but also this 2014. The paintings, photos and artwork are all positively amazing! There is no way I can pick a favorite nor would I want to because they ALL are!! All of you at Art Partners rock and I love the Snapped series!! My best wishes and thoughts to everyone for a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and fantastic 2015!! 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Greetings Mike, and thanks for checking out our year-end smorgasbord! We love the fact that you think we rock. We, of course, think the same of you. Blessings for a creative 2015!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Donna! It’s always great to hear from you in such a faraway land. We get such a thrill to know that you follow our creative journey. All the best for a wondrous 2015!

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  11. Renee

    What a lovely story, and congratulations on a wonderfully productive year Art Partners, love your work. All the best for a fun and creative 2015!

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  12. Johanna

    What a lovely read … so full of achievements and inspiration, and of course wonderful art worthy of great accolade. Here’s wishing Art Partners, and artists, mentors and all involved all the very best for 2015.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Greetings Johanna! It’s always great to hear from you. Thanks for being such a loyal follower throughout 2014. We look forward to sharing more with you as we go forth in the New Year.

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  13. Brendan Kelly

    Absolutely looking forward to another year of ART PARTNERS in Bunbury Western Australia. ART PARTNERS will end up international, the sooner the better.

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  14. Art Partners Post author

    Special thanks to everyone who commented on this wonderful year-end post. We wanted to let you know that the winners of the random draw for a set of gift tags by artist Marguerite Aberle are: Brendan Kelly, Carensa Werder, Renee and Mike. Next month’s give-away will be a copy of issue 7 of Big Kids Magazine. Stay tuned!

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  15. Art Partners Post author

    Hello again. Just letting you know that we couldn’t get in contact with Mike, and therefore couldn’t send him his gift tags. Thus, Kandy is our new winner who will receive her gift tags in the post. Thanks again to everyone who commented on the post.

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