For our final blog post of 2016, we thought we’d share with you a handful of inspiring stories from throughout the year. Some you may have discovered from our Facebook posts, but they’re so beautiful they’re worth packaging and presenting as a holiday gift pack.
Many thanks to those – notably Sam Everitt and Rob Cox of oxy images – who provided images for this post.
Sam and his Flowers
Sam got back to the business of photographing flowers. He travelled down to the Festival of Country Gardens in Balingup in early November and photographed his gorgeous Piece of Paradise.
Adam’s Tree Street Garden
Three of Adam Giadresco’s works featured in the Swell exhibition at Back Beach Café. This was an event staged by Bunbury Art Connect (BAC). As a result, Adam’s works were made available for sale in the online catalogue of the BAC website. Subsequently, Adam sold his beautiful and accomplished Tree Street Garden which was painted at the studio of mentor Simon Hemsley.
As We Are Art Award and Exhibition
We had an inspiring time at the opening of this year’s As We Are Art Award and Exhibition. Five Art Partners had work on exhibition, four of those works sold on opening night, and Keon Hall was presented with a Judges’ Certificate of High Commendation for his evocative work Mountain Lake. Keon received his award from Duncan Ord, Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts.
Beach Shack Bobble
This gorgeous bobble is a terrific example of community collaboration. Beach Shack Bobble was originally created as a black-on-white design for a South Western Times competition by Alyssa Skippings while in Penny Elliott’s Art Sparks class at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Artist Amanda Doust then showed, by example, how to add colour using a very limited palette of yellows and blues. Next, Alyssa participated in a mini-workshop at Edith Cowan University where she used Amanda’s example and added colour to her own design. Beach Shack Bobble was then given a very special home thanks to our good friends at Southern Picture Framers.
Our Sanbos (Japanese ceremonial offering stands) were the outcome of a doodling workshop Amanda Doust ran for the South West Wellness Expo in Busselton. She brought participants’ doodling to the fore, and we supported people to fold their doodles into Sanbos. Results were fabulous, particularly for the youngest participants.
Garden of Delights
For Disability Awareness Week (November 27 – December 3) we staged workshops dubbed Garden of Delights. Leading up, eleven artists from the community created black-on-white designs on pre-cut shapes. At the workshops, participants added vibrant colour to the designs. We then laminated, attached to garden stakes and planted them in the gardens of the host organisations (Activ Business Services and the craft group that meets weekly out of the Hudson Road Family Centre).
Roslyn in The Survey
Roslyn was honoured this year with her own exhibition (Backing Myself) at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Her stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge was then selected for inclusion in The Survey – South West Art Now at the same venue.
Left After Dark
Three of the Art Partners – Jasmin Engstrom, Daniel McLachlan and Emily McLean – are included in this year’s Left After Dark V exhibition in the Convent Gallery of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. This impressive exhibition continues until February 19, 2017. Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Many Faces of Art Partners
Following on from last year’s Photo + Story project and exhibition in collaboration with ABC Open, photographer Rob Cox began a new series of black and white portraits of artists at the heart of Art Partners. We’re not sure where these amazing images are headed, but here’s a preview.
Friends Jacque McKeig and Suzanne Axon who attended an art workshop at Edith Cowan University earlier in the year.
Engineer and guest mentor Ric Stacey, and surfer and lover of fishing Chris Harris.
Art tutor and student Tom Ansell, and Art Partners donor and cheerleader Robyn Harris.
Wishing you the Best
With this gorgeous image of Roslyn Burns’ bobbles (created with support from Sarah McBride and Fiona Donnelly) that were available for sale at the Bunbury Art Connect stalls at the Christmas Craft Fair at Stirling Street Arts Centre, we wish you a wondrous holiday season and a super creative 2017!
Love from the Art Partners team.