Arts Monthly - October 2015

The burning bush by Scott Harshorne, The Islander 01/10/15.

The burning bush by Scott Harshorne, The Islander 01/10/15.

Finger candy by Dr Peggy Rismiller

Finger candy by Dr Peggy Rismiller

The special member exhibition entitled Food For Thought – Dining Art starts on Friday October 2 at Artworks Gallery, Baudin Beach, with the official Opening at 2pm on Saturday October 3 by well-known local artist Diana Keir.

Visitors can enjoy local wines and nibbles as they peruse the exciting range of artworks which have evolved through the exploration of the theme by members of the Artists Collective.

Tempting platters of seafood in acrylics by Lyn Robins will vie for space with ‘finger candy’ jewellery fashioned by Peggy Rismiller from recycled cutlery. Mike McKelvey has crafted some delightfully whimsical spoons from insect burls on native timbers, while Margaret Smyth has created a special range of handmade felt and wool items including a teapot hat and a sushi inspired scarf. 

These and many more original works will be on display in the exhibition space at the front of the gallery. All work is for sale.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet and chat to several of the participating artists at the opening.

Free Meet the Makers sessions will be held over the weekend in which several artists will be demonstrating their art.

Saturday October 3, 10am to noon – Dr Peggy Rismiller will conduct a fun workshop for children on making echidna cards and other echidna related items from her Echidna Activity book.

Saturday October 3, Noon to 4pm – Margaret Smyth will demonstrate weaving on her portable loom.

All day Saturday October 3 - Cindy Boyce will demonstrate her latest beading techniques (with a repeat day on Monday October 5.)

Sunday October 4, 2pm to 4pm – Michele Lane will demonstrate print making using aluminium plates and etching fluid.

Artworks Gallery will be open daily over the Art Feast from 10am to  4pm.

There is wheelchair access and entry is free.

Any enquiries contact Ann Lashmar 8553 1056.

Yarraman Spring sterling silver sculture, Patti Blucher

Yarraman Spring sterling silver sculture, Patti Blucher

For Art Feast 2015, members of the community, together with local artists, have conspired to present Grounded, five ‘rooms’ of chic bohemian flair. And only one room is indoors.

This large scale collaborative project is a 12 month culmination of the community’s vision led by environmental sculptor and designer Evette Sunset, to build a Sensory Arts Courtyard at the rear of Fine Art Kangaroo Island. Grounded presents art forms traditionally viewed inside the gallery outside and takes elements usually experienced outdoors inside.

Local artist Patti Blucher lives in a world of texture, colour and imagination. She has always led an artistic lifestyle placing importance on her freedom to express herself through creative painting, drawing, textiles, and jewellery making. Patti is delightfully experimental and her home and garden, as well as traditional materials, provide her with a starting canvas. In her first solo exhibition she captures your imagination in a harmonious bohemian transformation of the gallery’s interior with her sublime 2D works on paper and canvas and handmade silver, copper and up-cycled art jewellery in a colourful boho makeover.

Landscape elements will lead you to the newly built courtyard gardens - an extraordinary collaboration with contributions from artists, volunteers and local businesses. There are four sheltered sitting ‘rooms’ and decks separated by living walls, and a reminiscence collection box has been installed alongside the cushioned day bed area. In time, the garden itself will become a constantly changing artwork in which to discover evolving art and treasured memorabilia. Glimpse unexpected features such as rare unusual inclusions set in Gavin Mathews’ rock wall, reimagined and distinctive pierced ceramics by Mark Capon counter positioned with the water feature, sculpture from Phil Baines, a ‘swinging’ bronze by Thomas Reeves and an historic plate shard tile by Neeltje Grootenboer provides a beautiful stepping stone.

On opening night from 5pm this Friday October 2, the garden will be dressed with Kenita Williamson’s environmentally sensitive weavings and Rick Southgate’s recent series of sculptural works. Enjoy ambient lighting, the mellow sounds of acoustic guitar from virtuoso Simon O’Brien and local hospitality. Lindy Bruce landscape designer of Frogs ‘n Roses will launch the garden and jeweller and Gallery owner Fred Peters will open Grounded for Patti Blucher. Visit Fine Art KI daily 10am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays.

The Painted wall.

The Painted wall.

The KI Artists Society has taken on a wonderful project involving members of the public, including children and artists.

Each person has painted a board in a colour range stipulated by the organisers and these boards have been attached to a frame built by Council.

Tony Treble kindly donated his time and expertise in attaching the pictures to the frame and the landscaping was done by members of the Gallery. Go along and have a look over the long weekend.

Meanwhile inside the gallery be prepared to be blown away by an exhibition titled ’colourful creations’ which really lives up to its name.

The Gallery ceiling space has been filled with beautiful silk sails and artists have explored all options of creating colourful pieces from paintings to glass birds, hats to ceramics, even kitchen chairs.

This exhibition was opened on Sunday September 27 by Michael Pengilly MP, Member for Finniss.

The Gallerys AGM is on October 25 at 4 pm in the offices of the Natural Resources Centre, entry via the back door. Everyone welcome.  It’s a great opportunity to meet other members, and to join up. 

Spring Colour, Suzanne Trethewey

Spring Colour, Suzanne Trethewey

Rustic Blue will open for the season on Saturday October 3.

Owners Coralie and Smillie congratulate Suzanne Trethewey who exhibited for SALA with ‘Olivers Chaff Shed’ at McLaren Vale in an exhibition called Colours of Coast and Country.

Ms Trethewey sold eight artworks during the exhibition and Rustic Blue is delighted with her success.

Visit Rustic Blue over the long weekend to see more of Suzanne Trethewey’s works, along with a myriad of other talent – paintings, objects d’art, jewellery – and enjoy a coffee and cake in the garden too.

Janine Mackintosh's work made from chewed yacca leaf blades.

Janine Mackintosh's work made from chewed yacca leaf blades.

Janine Mackintosh and Scott Hartshorne will exhibit for the third time at Mrs Valentine’s Cottage Penneshaw for Art Feast. Both artists have a particular obsession with Kangaroo Island’s plants and ‘Flora’ will pay homage to dozens of them.

Scott Hartshorne will exhibit seven new oil paintings (possibly eight, if the paint dries fast enough). His subjects are made heroic with scale and dramatic light, and by being taken out of the landscape and placed on a crisp white background - they can’t be overlooked. In his ‘previous life’ as an art director, he would create billboards of slick cars and shiny wine bottles. These days he takes a humble sprig of leaves and wants to show that true wealth is found in living things.

‘Flora’ will include seven new assemblages by Janine Mackintosh, and she sees each piece as a celebration of the ecological antiquity of the island. Some of the plants featured may be unfamiliar; others are very familiar, with an interesting twist, such as ‘Duodecimmaculata’, a piece made from yacca leaf blades that have been chewed by a particular species of Jewel Beetle (Diphucrania duodecimmaculata). (see image)

“Josh Berris has done a wonderful job with our framing again. A framer from Sydney visited our last ‘Flora’ exhibition and couldn’t believe the craftsmanship – we’re so lucky to have him on the island. His perfectly crisp contemporary frames are such a contrast to the crusty old limestone walls,” Ms Mackintosh said.

These two artists are very grateful to Geoff and Cathy Rischbieth for generously opening their historic cottage to the community again this year. They hope many islanders have the opportunity to see the exhibition and that they take away a heightened sense of pride in our local native plants.

Open: Howard Drive (opposite Willoughby Road), Penneshaw

October 2 to 5, 10am to 5pm

More information at www.scotthartshorne.com.au; www.janinemackintosh.com.