A Handful of Beautiful Year-End Offerings

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.

Piece of Paradise by Sam Everitt

Piece of Paradise by Sam Everitt

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.

Tree Street Garden by Adam Giadresco. Photo by Rob Cox

Tree Street Garden by Adam Giadresco. Photo by Rob Cox

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.

Beach Shack Bobble by Alyssa Skippings

Beach Shack Bobble by Alyssa Skippings

Sanbos

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.

Sanbo Japanese ceremonial offering stand

Sanbo Japanese ceremonial offering stand

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).

Garden of Delights. Designs by Fiona Donnelly. Colour by the Egan family

Garden of Delights. Designs by Fiona Donnelly. Colour by the Egan family

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.

Sydney Harbour Bridge by Roslyn Burns

Sydney Harbour Bridge by Roslyn Burns

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.

Janine Egan, Art Partners participant since 2012, and Edy Rees, mentor since 2011.

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!

Chrissie bobbles by Roslyn Burns

Chrissie bobbles by Roslyn Burns

Love from the Art Partners team.

30 thoughts on “A Handful of Beautiful Year-End Offerings

  1. waferal

    What a beautiful collection of stories, lovingly portrayed by the author. Behind and in between the lines conveys passion, determination and someone who values every individual as significant and special.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks waferal and we really appreciate the significant role you have played in Art Partners throughout 2016! Go well and keep making art for you and the rest of us to benefit from.

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  2. Johanna

    What an inspiring and wonderful year at Art Partners! So much happening, so much incredible talent and a bunch of committed mentors. What a mix! Well done everyone and here’s wishing you all the very best for 2017.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Johanna for stopping by and checking out the post. You might be interested in knowing that this post is our 45th consecutive one! This blog is indeed a tribute to you for showing us the way and for continuing to engage with us in a sincere and ongoing way. Blessings for a successful 2017. Much love from the Art Partners team.

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  3. Louise

    What a wonderfully full year to look back over. Wishing all at Art Partners seasons greetings and a creative, vibrant and joyful 2017

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Lovely to hear from you Louise. We would have loved to have seen more of you in 2016, but hey, there’s always 2017 to look forward to. Blessings for a beautiful holiday season.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Adam for stopping by. Yes, lots of congratulations are needed for the great work done by so many people! Have a super holiday season Adam and keep the creativity flowing.

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  4. Edythe Rees

    Thank you to the Art Partners team for their great work in offering the participants the valued opportunity of creating and growing in their particular fields of art, and also for providing the important social aspect for the artists. (Congratulations Keon!). A special mention and huge thank you to Wanda for her excellent coordination of the whole program for the past five+ years. It is difficult to find enough words to describe the amazing effort she has contributed to Art Partners. Enthusiastic, cheerful, encouraging, inspiring, caring and loving, selflessly committed and spending many, many hours of her own time dedicated to the artists, mentors and all the wonderful people involved. Wanda your happy smiling presence will be truly missed. Best of luck in your new venture.

    Wishing all involved with Art Partners a joyous festive season for you and yours.

    More awesomeness in 2017!!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dearest Edy, Wanda here. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your beautiful words. It’s great that you’ve journeyed with Art Partners from the very, very beginning back in 2011. You’ve worked with so many of our artists. Come to think of it, that would be a great story on its own! With love and endless gratitude for your ongoing participation in this beautiful program that we’ve all created, Wanda.

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  5. Leighton

    Thank you Art Partners for this blog that reminds me of highlights from across the year. You continue to push boundaries, inspire and show how inclusion can be done and communities can be enriched. We will all miss you Wanda. I endorse everything Edy said. Merry Christmas, and go gently into your new 2017 and beyond ventures.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you so much Leighton for checking out the post. It’s always great to hear from you and to know that you’re following our narrative from afar. We’re super appreciative that you made the effort to travel to Bunbury for our morning tea and got to see some of the outcomes live. Go well and have a lovely holiday season.

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  6. Susie Waller

    A lovely read, thanks Art Partners. Congratulations to Keon for receiving a Judges’ High Commendation, his piece was very evocative; and congratulations to the others who exhibited and sold works at the As We Are Art Award!
    Gorgeous pics too, I especially loved Sam’s ‘Piece of Paradise’, stunning! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Susie and great to hear from you. We so loved our participation in the As We Are Art Award and Exhibition this year. Super proud of everyone who entered work and sold. Great for Keon too, and thanks for sharing that gorgeous photo of him with Duncan Ord. Have a lovely holiday season.

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  7. Rob Cox

    And another hearty endorsement of Edy’s tribute!! It’s been a privelege to be involved with Wanda and Art Partners for another year in which, again, so much inspirational work has been created and so many positive outcomes achieved. All the best for your new adventure Wanda, and may your Christmas be happy and safe. And for the Art Partners community – have a wonderful festive season and onward and upward in 2017!!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Rob (or is that George?). Such an extraordinary body of work you have contributed to Art Partners! Your photographs document the work and the participants with beauty and dignity! I’m so happy there are still a few collaborative projects on the burner. I would be terribly sad if not! Cheers for a lovely holiday season.

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  8. Suzanne

    Thank you to all involved with Art Partners. I enjoyed creating and seeing I am capable of achieving beautiful art works. It has been wonderful seeing my work displayed around Bunbury. Thank you Wanda and best wishes.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      It was great to meet you Suzanne, and welcome you to one of the workshops at Edith Cowan University. Yours prints turned out beautifully, and we’re so happy you were able to come to the end-of-year morning tea with your family members. Keep creating! Love from Wanda and the Art Partners team

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  9. Sam and Julie Everitt

    What a wonderful year with many more to follow. Thanks to Wanda for her enthusiastic input into all of these projects. Best wishes for the year ahead.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello there Sam and Julie. It was great to have Sam back in the program for the last half of 2017. What terrific experiences and positive outcomes. It was an inspiring shoot the other day at the nursery, and we look forward to seeing what can come of that in the next month or so. Happy holidays!

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  10. Amanda Doust

    I, too, agree with Edy’s comments. ‘Inclusive Arts for People of All Abilities’… I have loved every moment of my inclusion and involvement with all artists. Thank you Wanda for your gentleness, being constant and for your vision. You will be missed and the community you become involved with will be very fortunate. A lovely final blog for 2016. X

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Mandy for all your efforts to support us over the years. It’s not mentioned in the post, but along with the Sanbos and Alyssa’s ‘Beach Shack Bobble,’ you were also a central character in the creation of Roslyn’s ‘Sydney Harbour Bridge’ and the Garden of Delights project. Bravo for all your creative investment in Art Partners. Blessings and have a lovely holiday season.

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  11. Fiona Donnelly

    A lovely body of work has come to fruition through Art Partners. Thanks to everyone involved 🙂 The support Roslyn receives to create is invaluable because of the huge difference it makes in her life to be part of the art community. It may start with warm buckets of water to wash her left foot with, but it ends with connections to a network of fabulous people whom have all been a part of her art journey. I have enjoyed being a support for Ros and special thanks Wanda for showing me how to assist Ros during her art sessions.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello there Fiona. How terrific it was to have you as part of the program for the second half of the year. It was great to experience Ros getting back into the swing of things in a public class. Thanks also for your terrific contribution to the Garden of Delights! Go well and blessings, Wanda and the Art Partners team

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  12. Sarah Moore, SW Wellness Expo

    Thanks to Wanda and Amanda for running a wonderful workshop at the SW Wellness Expo in Busselton on 30 October! Your presence brought so much to the Expo and we are very grateful to Art Partners for supporting our event.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you so much Sarah for inviting us to participate in the South West Wellness Expo. It was a super experience, and the results (as can be seen from the photos) were just lovely. All the best with your preparation for next year’s event!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Ruslan. What a fabulous year we have had, and it got off to the most amazing start with The Stupendous Adventures of Apple Girl movie. And, this blog post ends with the gorgeous black and white portraits as shot by Rob Cox which were originally conceived for the outdoor mural project in collaboration with you, of course. Here’s to future collaborations between Art Partners and you of ABC Open.

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