The past two months have been productive for many local artists with preparations for on and off island exhibitions, buoyed by exciting sales of major works and interstate commissions, bucking the downward trend reported by many Australian galleries.
Fine Art Kangaroo Island is thrilled with the record number of entries for this year’s SALA exhibition at the National Wine Centre.
Although the theme, Kangaroo Island Fungi, has been challenging, 30 artists have submitted expressions of interest including five who have not previously exhibited in Adelaide. An exciting range of media has been presented including oil painting on large and small canvas, mixed media and other works on paper, assemblage, hot and blown glass, 2D and 3D installation art, and large-scale sculpture.
Pam Catcheside, this year’s consulting mycologist, has met with artists to provide a range of inspiring reference materials and images. Final selections will be announced in late May with artists having up to five weeks to complete works.
Congratulations to all of this year’s Penneshaw Easter Art exhibition winners. Fine Art Kangaroo Island is proud to convene an ongoing exhibition of works from prize winners including overall Best in Show Jennifer Woodhouse, and major category place winner, Kenita Williamson.
Jennifer has four mixed media works including colour pencil on drafting film and pastel on paper. Each is a delicate rendition of the natural world matched faultlessly to her choice of medium.
Kenita’s sublimely constructed weavings incorporate treasured textiles such as vintage kimonos and beach found and other twines and ropes. You can see these and new photographs by Quentin Chester, new art jewellery by Peggy Rismiller, two distinctive wildlife sculptures by Dean Fox, and Jenny Clapson’s recent monotypes during regular gallery opening hours.
It’s been a first this month in more ways than one for ceramicist Mark Capon. During April the gallery received a major consignment including large and intricate works, as well as signature pieces for which he is renowned. These were displayed at Fine Art KI and in the annex at Southern Ocean Lodge.
Mark went on to achieve a record turnover in sales for any single month since first exhibiting on KI and realised the highest ever individual price point for a single ceramic piece. Fine Art Kangaroo Island will export some works overseas and meanwhile he has picked up a unique and quirky commission for an interstate visitor.
Many of the gallery’s artists have had recent success with major painting sales to CarolineTaylor and printmaker Jenny Clapson, a large bronze to Dave Clarke, a Ship made of bones and vintage dress patterns by Audrey Harnett, trios of large solar plate etchings by Janet Ayliffe, and resident jeweller, gallery owner Fred Peters, has sold out of many of his popular pieces.
Fine Art Kangaroo Island has never looked as good and in addition to the new works available the gallery is holding some iconic works for resale. Two of the late Lesley van der Sluys’s framed linocuts, both especially created to appeal to island audiences for Jenny Clapson’s Gallery at the Wharf in the late 1990s, rare and in beautiful condition, are well worth a look especially as the subject is our endangered GB Cockatoos and beloved Australian Pelicans.
An iconic oil painting from Jenny Clapson’s 1989 Swan series is also available for re-sale, as is a large signature mandala on paper by Janine Mackintosh. Of other interest are two paintings by the late Bill Gloyne and a Penneshaw Easter art sculpture created in collaboration between Dorothy Stubbs-Mills and Susan Layng.
In addition to the constantly changing exhibits, artworks in all mediums and price points make a visit to the gallery worthwhile, especially if you are looking for a special gift for yourself or someone else.
Opening hours for Artworks Gallery at Baudin Beach in May are 10am to 4pm, Friday through to Tuesday. Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The Gallery has recently been rearranged to give a fresh look with some new work now on display, and also some unsold work from the Easter Art Exhibition, such as Lyn Robins’ mouth-watering Marinara tryptich.
New work is coming in all the time.
Isabella Zoanetti brought in a lovely cheery oil painting the other day which just brightens up the Gallery and reminds us of those sunny days we have now left behind.
Ann Lashmar, Branka Gregor and Peter Hastwell keep adding new images to their card stands, while Glenn Howlett has some wonderful new jelly fish paper weights.
So go and visit Artworks in May - visitors always comment on the wide variety of art work and art craft for sale.
There is often a cosy wood fire burning and always a warm welcome.
The evocative songs of local composer Les Montanjees celebrate the times and short life of Jane Lashmar in Jane’s Footprints on June 6 at Chapman River Cellar Door. This event presents local history with life, sung and played by Sue Carson and The Coathangers, and includes food reflecting the times. Go to www.janesfootprintski. com for more information. Tickets, at $129 per person, are available from Tourism Kangaroo Island, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8553 1185.
Bernie Stonor of MB Stonor Studios will close his studio over Winter, but will be kept busy, teaching in Sydney.
Rustic Blue Open Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm in May.
The West End Art Prize on display from May 21 - come and see the talent of the school children from the Western end of KI.
Please support the sponsors, Andermel Marron Cafe, KI Wilderness Retreat, Hanson Bay Sanctuary, Rock Pool Cafe Stokes Bay and Rustic Blue. Homemade cakes and slices, tea/coffee and light meals available.
Rustic Blue will close for Winter on Monday June 1, and will reopen, November 4, 2015.
Coralie and Smilie thank all their wonderful Kangaroo Island and mainland artists and customers for keeping their dream alive.
“We are looking forward to coming into our ninth year for the new season in November,” Coralie said.
Member artists of KI’s Art Society Gallery in Murray Street, Kingscote (next to the Town Hall) are enthusiastically working towards an exciting range of exhibitions and events over the coming months.
WALL MURAL: Young, aspiring island artists and community members are getting ready to paint a mural on a 12m wall near the back entrance to Kangaroo Island Council. It will be designed and coordinated by Kieran Scott, as part of his year 11 school work at KICE Kingscote campus. Funding from the State Government Office for Youth has been matched by Council.
COMMUNITY ARTS: Stay tuned for more details about an exciting Community Arts hub to be established in one section of Kingscote Town Hall for exhibitions, workshops and skills-sharing. Gallery committee president, Linda Hassan, has convened a sub-committee with community members to plan for this ambitious project. They have assistance from Council’s Communication Affairs Manager, Maree Baldwin. Artists and crafts people who are interested, can contact Ms Hassan: email@example.com
STREET ART: Watch out for animal footprints appearing along the footpath between Dauncey Street and the Gallery’s Murray Street entrance.
SETTLEMENT DAY EXHIBITION: ‘Washed Up’, is an inspiring theme to provoke imaginative entries in the Gallery’s annual Settlement Day exhibition. The opening will be held on Sunday, July 26 at 3pm with a prize for the best themed dressup. The exhibition will run until August 21, 2015. Entries open May 20 and close July 10.
PERPETUAL AWARD: Congratulations from Art Society members to local artist, Heather Newland, who won the Society’s ‘Ros Johnsson perpetual award’ at the Easter Art Exhibition. Ms Newland’s oil and acrylic painting, ‘Magnolia 1’ was chosen as the best floral entry. Ms Johnsson was a founding member of the Art Society in 1988.
ART FEAST: Gallery committee members invite solo artists or groups interested in participating in their October Art Feast event to contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMBERS: New members of the Art Society are always welcomed. Exhibiting artists pay a $20 annual membership, not required of non-exhibiting members who wish to participate as volunteers.
Alice Teasdale is bringing new enthusiasm and new talent to KI Players as director of the annual play this year.
The mother of three young children has a rich history in writing and directing theatre but has only recently tested her hand on Kangaroo Island.
Last year Ms Teasdale made quite a mark as drama teacher at the Kingscote Campus of KICE when she staged a localised and modernised interpretation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” with a cast of Year 11 and 12 students.
As well as whetting her appetite for the larger stage of KI Players, the experience has also unearthed a pool of young talent who have joined the Players.
“The large cast includes many favourite regulars plus some new experienced actors and young people, ” Ms Teasdale said.
For 10 years Ms Teasdale had her own small theatre company in Adelaide - Rough Magic - and produced plays for the Adelaide Fringe each year and at other times, focussing on classic and traditional works.
Her writing career includes a screenplay writing mentorship under the renowned Rolf de Heer and working on the television series McLeod’s Daughters.
“After taking time out to focus on my family, Kangaroo Island is now giving me the confidence to get back into writing. The incredible environment, the quality of the friendships and the people and characters in everyday life here are great sources of inspiration,” Ms Teasdale said.
True to form, Ms Teasdale was not content to simply buy someone else’s work for KI Players to perform.
She has adapted a traditional play - The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol - which is as old as European culture on Kangaroo Island, having been published first in 1836, in Russia.
Ms Teasdale has redefined the characters, location and era while maintaining the plot, to hilarious consequence. This traditional comedy of errors is the perfect fit for KI Players.
The administrators and businesspeople in a small town hear that a government inspector is arriving and they hastily try to cover their tracks in a place where things are not always done by the book. A mysterious traveller is mistaken for the inspector, with outrageous ramifications.
You can buy your tickets for the 2015 KI Players production now at Kangashoos in Kingscote.
Performance Dates are Friday June 12, Saturday June 13, Sunday June 14, Friday June 19, Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21. For more details see advert this edition.
The Spinners and Weavers are very excited about the facelift that their shop is undergoing in Kingscote.
The concrete brick walls have been rendered and painted white, with further painting and renovations planned.
There is scaffolding out the front of the building at the moment which somewhat obscures the front of the shop but it has not deterred people from calling in.
With the cooler months approaching, sales are going well and the group urges anyone looking for a warm wool garment or accessory to call in.
The opening hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am to 3pm.