You might consider pulling out your calendar and reserving Saturday, April 2 for Bunbury’s Tree Street Art Safari. The event will indeed be an amazing array of art, craft and design.
What’s the Safari?
Tree Street resident and artist Kerry Gelmi came up with the idea of a Safari where fellow artists, designers and makers could open their homes and studios to visitors who could then view, buy, sample or commission what’s on show.
In this second year of the Tree Street Art Safari, Art Partners has been named the beneficiary of contributions made on the day. Naturally we are thrilled to be on board, and are busy creating giant paper flowers to adorn donation jars (thanks to The Green Depot) for all the venues.
We’re also keen to have our work on show, and we have an existing relationship with two of the Tree Street studios: Simon Hemsley’s at 35 Picton Crescent and Deborah Campbell’s at 4 Karri Street.
In this post, you’ll get a sneak preview of what you’ll see in those two studios come the Safari on April 2. We’ll also introduce you to the stunning work of a few other friends we’ve met along the way.
But first, special thanks to our photographers, most notably Rob Cox of oxy images, who visited the five homes and studios highlighted in this post. Please note, though, that the artworks are not presented to scale. Thanks also to Adam Giadresco for sharing a detail from his work in progress for our feature image (top). Working title: View from a Tree Street Studio.
35 Picton Crescent: Simon Hemsley
What’s most important about visiting the Simon Hemsley studio is that guests come to the entrance at 35 Picton Crescent. To make it super easy, Simon’s put up a special sign.
The next thing to keep in mind is that the Hemsley space is a working studio rather than an art gallery. This is a definitely a space where work is created.
Simon’s a prolific painter. His studio is where visitors will see works in progress along with completed paintings.
Simon has a passion for figurative work.
He also travels around Western Australia searching for inspiring scenes.
Also Featured at 35 Picton Crescent
The Hemsley studio can almost be considered the Art Partners activity centre in the Tree Street area. Some participants have had one-off workshops with Simon. Others have come many times in the past few years.
Chris Harris met Simon in a workshop last year, and produced this beautiful work called Clown Fish.
Tracey Bastian has had a few sessions with Simon, and last year painted this accomplished still life which featured in our retrospective blog post in December 2015.
Keon Hall first met Simon in 2013 in a portrait-painting workshop at Helen Seiver’s studio. He’s come to Simon’s many times since then, and all these works were created in the Picton Crescent studio.
Adam Giadresao encountered Simon this year after graduating from Edith Cowan University. In his first workshop, he created this set of four spontaneous and colourful 9 x 5 inch panels.
Judi McGuigan is a professional artist based in Bunbury. She’s been an important part of Art Partners in the past, and it’s a delightful coincidence that her work will be featured in the Hemsley studio.
These works by Judi are just beautiful too.
4 Karri Street: Deborah Campbell
The Art Partners program came in contact with Deborah Campbell when we approached her to bring Alyssa Skippings’ drawings of Apple Girl to life. Apple Girl has had adventures galore since then, and we now feel we have a special link to this delightful home and studio.
Here’s Deborah in one of her two studio spaces having a chat with Apple Girl who swept in for a pre-Safari visit.
There will be plenty to experience here including Deborah’s garden and wire sculptures along with houses, beautifully crafted with recycled materials, by Helen Seiver called Home Sweet Home.
Visitors will also see the Uthando Dolls (which Deborah and her artist friends make for African children) with whom Apple Girl is well acquainted. Apple Girl herself promises to make a guest appearance on the day. We hope Alyssa will pop by too.
30 Tuart Street: Helena Sahm
Helena’s intricate and intriguing Monuments to Shelter will definitely be a focal point for visitors to this studio.
36 Parkfield Street: Gathering Rust
A visit to this beautiful property offers fantastic views of St. Boniface Cathedral along with a variety of large metal sculptures (made by Gathering Rust) that are a visual delight.
54 Beach Road: Hayley Mawson Roberts
A stop at the welcoming home and studio of Hayley will definitely refresh the soul while providing a non-stop feast for the eyes.
Wanting to See it all for Real?
If so, you’re in luck. The Tree Street Art Safari takes place this year on Saturday, April 2. The self-guided walking tour is available from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. followed by music, wine and fine foods at Walker Hall on Oakley Street from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Free maps are available in advance at The Green Depot at 4/12 Stuart Street.
Donations to the Art Partners program can be made at all the venues.
See ya there!