Exhibitions and News
View from the Magpie's Nest Exhibition at the Albany Entertainment Centre
October 25 to November 26, 2021
The Breaksea Festival is on in Albany! Featuring the View From the Magpie's Nest exhibition and culminating in one-night-only performances of Caretaker of Lost Selves and View from the Magpie's Nest at the Albany Entertainment Centre, this is a creative feast not to be missed.
The exhibition at the AEC highlights the creative development process, and features beautiful works by Robyn Lees, Annie Nutter, Christina Cairns, Mel Daw and other workshop participants.
It also features the wonderful Nest, built by intrepid 8-10 year olds from the Quokka Class at Spirit of Play Community School, which explores what 'home' means to us- individually and as a community.
IOTA Futuring Craft Conference - September 2021
I'm delighted to be attending the IOTA 'Futuring Craft' conference, held at the WA Maritime Museum and Curtin University. Big thanks to Regional Arts WA for their support with a Regional Participation grant - so good to see so many artist and makers from across WA come together for an event like this!
Threshold Exhibition- September - October 2021
The Butter Factory Studios team has outdone themselves for this years Great Southern Art Trail exhibition, entitled 'Threshold'. The exhibition was inspired by the way in which 2020 was a 'threshold' year in may ways, and each of the 10 Butter Factory artists have taken the theme in different and diverse directions.
Be sure to check out Janine McCrum's powerful and exquisite body of work which highlights gender-based violence in Australia, and Ann Copeman's work which examines the breath as the 'threshold' between the inner and the outer.
Earth Cry Exhibition at the Butter Factory Studios 2020
The Earth Cry Exhibition (2020) is the Butter Factory Studios' collective response to the dramatic summer of bushfires in Australia between 2019-2020.
My painting 'The Messenger' (left) was inspired by an image of my youngest daughter Tali on Goode Beach (near Albany) doing a beach plastic clean up late last year.
This painting is part of my Legacy series, which explores the impact we hope to leave for our collective future generations. The Legacy body of work will be shown in WA in 2021 and 2022, and is a collaboration between painters, poets, textile artists, photographers and sculptors in Western Australia and Western USA.
Unravelling Exhibition, Vancouver Arts Centre
The Unravelling exhibition will be officially opened on Saturday the 16th of November at 1pm at the Vancouver Art Centre in Albany. Please join us for light refreshments in the front gallery - friends and families are very welcome!
Unravelling is a neo-cubist exploration of the human form, in which a single body is seen from many angles.
Metaphorically, this exhibition looks at the way in which our experiences are mapped onto the human body as knots, which, with the upmost attention and care, may begin to be unravelled.
These paintings are taken directly from life drawing sessions, and encased in gold.
Touchstones Exhibition at Denmark Arts, Denmark WA
Thank you to everyone that made it down to the opening of the Touchstones exhibition at Denmark Arts on Thursday the 19th of September.
The Touchstones exhibition is a celebration of the things that ground us in times of change, and runs until the 12th of October 2019.
The exhibition is hosted by Denmark Arts, and is venue # 34 in the Great Southern Art and Craft Trail.
Visitors are invited to come down to create their own Touchstone and add it to this international conversation.
Photo: Spirit of Play Students proudly display their Touchstones.
Life Lines Exhibition, Butter Factory Studios, Denmark WA
You are cordially invited to the opening of the Life Lines exhibition, at the Butter Factory Studios on Sunday the 18th of August 2019 from 10:30am to 12:30pm for light refreshments and champagne.
The Life Lines exhibition is a celebration of the human form, showcasing artwork from 11 established and emerging artists of all levels who attend Life Drawing sessions at Jen Mitchell’s studio in Denmark, WA.
The exhibition features works from:
· Robyn Lees
· Annie Nutter
· Genesis Gutierrez
· Ruth Halbert
· Jasmine Heslop
· Victoria Castiglione
· Marie Kerr
· Kerrie Wakefield
· Suzie Kettle
· Jessie Gloede
· Jen Mitchell
The group is welcoming of creative people of all levels, from absolute beginners to established artists. Our mantra is that it’s the process, not the product that counts, and we aim to create an environment that gives people a chance to create for the simple joy of creating.
Artist Residency in Ardèche, France! June to July 2019
In June and July 2019 I participated in a three-week long self-directed Artist Residency program in Ardèche, France.
It was an important time to create, reflect on my practice, and plan my next several exhibitions, and is an experience that will impact on my artistic practice for many years to come.
Just Add Water Exhibition at Blush Gallery, Albany WA
I'm working with the beautiful Denmark Artist Nell Parker and multi-talented Angie Fryer-Smith of Blush Gallery in Albany on our upcoming exhibition Just Add Water which will run from the 26th of April to the 8th of June.
This is the first time that I will be showcasing some of my abstract work and semi-abstract nudes, along with oil landscapes celebrating our majestic South Coast of WA.
The opening is on Friday the 26th of April from 5:00 to 7:30, and features live music by Myles Mitchell. It is kindly being supported by Denmark Wineries Freehand and Rockcliffe, so come join us for an evening of art, music, and light refreshments.
Operculum now available across Southwest Western Australia
My treasured Operculum series is now available in more locations! I'm delighted to be working with the beautiful JahRoc Gallery in Margaret River (https://www.jahroc.com.au/)
If you haven't been into these beautiful spaces lately, pop on in and see some of their ever-changing work.
4 AM Exhibition at the Butter Factory, Denmark
I am delighted and grateful to be working with the wonderful artists at the Butter Factory, who are hosting my 4AM Exhibition this month at their beautiful gallery in Denmark, Western Australia.
The exhibition runs from 31 October to the 25th of November 2018 - pop down any time between 10 am to 4pm, Wednesday through Monday.
The Butter Factory Artists also have a fantastic exhibition in the gallery right now called Taking Flight, which is part of Brave New Works and is definitely worth checking out.
Life Drawing in October
Tuesdays in October
Life Drawing is back! Due to popular demand after our June Life Drawing Sessions (well done to everyone who came out and created in the cold!) we're back for another round of Life Drawing in the Atrium.
Dates: October 9, 16, 23 and 30th
Sessions run from 9:30 to 11:30 am
Drop in: $15, or $60 for all 4 October Sessions.
To book your place call me on 0448799928
Castles in the Sky - 2018 Great Southern Art Trail
September 13, 2018
I am really excited this year to be collaborating with six wonderful artist as part of the 2018 Great Southern Art and Craft Trail!
CASTLES IN THE AIR is an exhibition that celebrates whimsey and nature, and is a joint exhibition with the wonderful Lata Wright, Sudhi Wright, Sara Riches, Chelsea Hopkins-Allen, Tahli Crosby, and Janelle Peterson.
We are open each Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Lata's Studio is listed as venue 73 in the art trail brochure, and located in Albany at the top of York Street.
It feels like one of those super chic studios you would find in New York, but only if you are lucky enough to know were to look - to access, go across the carpark from Icky Finks, next to the dumpster, through the glass doors, up the stairs, and you'll find yourself in Lata's beautiful loft studio.
We will be having an opening reception on Thursday the 13th of September from 5:30pm to 7:30.
Operculum taking off
My Operculum Series has arrived! After much fine-tuning (and playing with silver and blowtorches), I am delighted to Launch my Operculum Series of fine silver jewellery.
I am really excited that they have been picked up by some of my favourite galleries in the world:
- The Butter Factory Studios (Denmark, Western Australia)
- Petrichor Gallery (Walpole, Western Australia)
They will also be launched in the USA in October 2018, at the beautiful Bainbridge Island Art Museum (Bainbridge Island, Washington).
Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive. I am really excited about this project, and so grateful to be able to share it with the world.
BIG FIG EXHIBITION - 2017 GREAT SOUTHERN ART TRAIL
September 17, 2017
I am delighted to open my studio for the second year in a row for the 2017 Great Southern Art and Craft Trail!
I am open each Saturday to Monday from the 17th of September to the 2nd of October, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Art in the Atrium is listed as venue 40 in the art trail brochure, and located at 53 Horsley Road, Denmark, WA 6333.
You are cordially invited to join us for an opening reception and morning tea on Sunday the 17th of September from 10 am to 12 noon. Looking forward to seeing everyone then!
WILLOUGHBY PARK WINERY EXHIBITION
January 01, 2017
Many thanks to the wonderful Willoughby Park Winery and Boston Brewery for inviting me to showcase some of my paintings of the beautiful landscapes across the Great Southern region. If you are in Denmark in January and February 2017, come on down and have a look!
OPENING OF THE 'SHE DRINKS THE WILD AIR' EXHIBITION, ELLIS HOUSE, BAYSWATER
October 16, 2016
Come join us from 3-5pm for the grand opening of my second solo exhibition, She Drinks the Wild Air at Ellis House! The event will include live Music by Myles Mitchell and afternoon tea.
The exhibition runs from the 13th to the 30th October 2016, and is open Thursday and Friday 10am - 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10-5pm.
The historic Ellis House is located at 116 Milne Street, Bayswater. Street parking is available, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.
Can't wait to see you there!
WANDERLUST AT THE ATRIUM - Great Southern Art and Craft Trail
September 24, 2016
I am delighted to participate in the 2016 Great Southern Art and Craft Trail! Come on down to the studio at the Atrium between the 24th September and the 7th of October to have a look at oil and acrylic paintings which celebrate landscape and light on the South Coast. The studio will be open from 10 am to 4pm daily.
CONSUMING EDEN EXHIBITION - THE CANNERY, ESPERANCE
April 01, 2016
The Consuming Eden Project celebrates the ecological significance and biodiversity of the Great Western Woodlands in Western Australia. I am delighted to have been selected to contribute two paintings to the exhibition, which are based on fieldwork in the region last August/September. All are welcome to attend the opening at the Cannery Art Centre in Esperance on the 1st of April, and the Exhibition runs until the 25th April 2016.