Amazing Array of Art Awaits on April 2

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.

Paper flower by Art Partners. Photo by Rob Cox

Paper flower by Art Partners. Photo by Rob Cox

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.

Simon Hemsley affixes the sign for 35 Picton Crescent. Photo by Rob Cox

Simon Hemsley affixes the sign for 35 Picton Crescent. Photo by Rob Cox

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.

Healthy signs of a working studio. Photo by Rob Cox

Healthy signs of a working studio. Photo by Rob Cox

Simon’s a prolific painter. His studio is where visitors will see works in progress along with completed paintings.

Simon Hemsley at work in his studio. Photo by Rob Cox

Simon Hemsley at work in his studio. Photo by Rob Cox

Simon has a passion for figurative work.

He also travels around Western Australia searching for inspiring scenes.

Still Water Rotto by Simon Hemsley. Photo by Rob Cox

Still Water Rotto by Simon Hemsley. Photo by Rob Cox

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.

Clown Fish by Chris Harris. Photo by Rob Cox

Clown Fish by Chris Harris. Photo by Rob Cox

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.

Still life by Tracey Bastian

Still life by Tracey Bastian

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.

Deborah Campbell chats with Apple Girl. Image by Rob Cox

Deborah Campbell chats with Apple Girl. Image by Rob Cox

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.

Apple Girl with Uthando Dolls and drawing by Alyssa Skippings. Photo by Rob Cox

Apple Girl with Uthando Dolls and drawing by Alyssa Skippings. Photo by Rob Cox

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!

Apple Girl looks forward to welcoming you. Image by Rob Cox

Apple Girl looks forward to welcoming you. Image by Rob Cox

24 thoughts on “Amazing Array of Art Awaits on April 2

  1. waferal

    Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, how exciting. I am so so so looking forward to joining in on this event. It’s not often you get to see so many local intriguing artists in your own town.

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  2. Mark Sadowski

    If this brilliant introduction by ArtPartnersBunbury to the Tree Street Art Safari is anything to go by, the event will be an awesome experience. Be there or miss out.

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  3. Rob Cox

    Had so much fun visiting these studios with Apple Girl and shooting for the Safari. This is a rare opportunity to experience a wide range of exciting and fascinating work produced by talented artists right on our doorstep. Ink in the 2nd of April and prepare to be amazed!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Rob, and thanks for your amazing contribution to the Safari and to this post. Apple Girl loved being one of the featured stars. She’s already started to appear on the Art Partners Facebook page, and in visitor posts on the artists’ pages. She’s telling her own stories too. How wonderful is that!

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  4. Hayley

    Helllloooooo, oh my goodness I am so very excited to be part of such an event, he-ARTISTS united !!!!… I feel lucky to have been included in this lovely post…Thankyouuuu…look forward to meeting again soon 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello there Hayley. It was great meeting you and a pleasure having you as part of this post. Can’t wait to experience your studio again. We’ll be sharing more photos from our visit in the next couple of weeks leading up to April 2. Happy flying!

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  5. Judi Mcguigan

    So looking forward to the Art Trail and happy to be involved in such a great concept. Some very interesting and diverse work to see, Judi Mc

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  6. Jo ~ Lifestyle Fifty

    Oh my goodness this looks like its going to be such a fun and exciting event! And to get to meet Apple Girl in real life too – should we practice our curtseying? It is truly wonderful to see the arts scene in Bunbury growing, and all due credit to Art Partners for their involvement in initiatives like this. Will try our best to come down from Perth for the event.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Jo. It would be wondrous if you could come to Bunbury for the Safari on April 2. If you would like to meet Apple Girl, she will be in the studio of her maker at 4 Karri Street. Leading up, she’s been doing loads of promotional bits on Facebook. And, she was photographed with creator Alyssa for the South Western Times. Publication date: maybe tomorrow. See ya, the Art Partners Team

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  7. kathymarris

    It looks like you have an amazingly gifted list of exhibitors. If only I lived in the West! I hope it all goes well.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Jill for checking in. We really look forward to seeing you at the Safari. There’s a preview story on page 3 of today’s (March 24) South Western Times. See you on the 2nd!

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  8. stephyjanet

    Alyssa and I are excited to be coming to the Safari tomorrow. We have been missing Apple Girl at home but have been keeping track of her adventures and they look amazing!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Well hello there. I know for a fact that Apple Girl is seriously looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. The final grand hurrah on Facebook will be today at about 4:00 p.m. Have a great time on the Safari!

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  9. waferal

    Hi, an outstanding community event. I am so grateful for the artists for opening their homes to allow me to experience such a diverse range of ideas and mediums. I was honoured being able to wander through homes at my leisure yesterday. I hope all donated and much needed funds were raised for a well deserving recipient.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much waferal. Great that you were able to get to the Safari! And, we are still counting our coins from the gorgeous collection jars! Thanks for all efforts on our behalf.

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  10. Elizabeth O & Louis Ariano

    Great paintings and very original. There is a considerable amount of talent in Bunbury! We enjoy seeing the wide cross section of work with different themes.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks for stopping by. The Tree Street Art Safari was a great day. Although you couldn’t make it to Bunbury for the occasion, it’s great that you are able to experience a little of it via this post. Please stay in touch and thanks for your loyal support.

      Reply

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