Kangaroo Island Arts Calendar: October 2017.

Fairy Wrens: “Four on a Twisted Log” by Gabrielle Jones. Photo: Steve Howell.
Fairy Wrens: “Four on a Twisted Log” by Gabrielle Jones. Photo: Steve Howell.

An intimate crowd was fascinated last Friday night at the opening of “Stuff It… Not Taxidermy” a first, solo exhibition of multi-media works by young emerging artist Gabrielle Jones at Fine Art Kangaroo Island.

On display: Multimedia artist Gabrielle Jones with some of her artworks and major piece, “Stuff It.. not taxidermy” a fabricated sculpture of a life size koala. Photo: Steve Howell.

On display: Multimedia artist Gabrielle Jones with some of her artworks and major piece, “Stuff It.. not taxidermy” a fabricated sculpture of a life size koala. Photo: Steve Howell.

Jones whose large and small wildlife sculptures are in private collections around the world, came to KI three years ago to work at Southern Ocean Lodge at Hanson Bay.

Opener: Alison Heath, Manager Southern Ocean Lodge with artist Gabrielle Jones. Photo: Steve Howell.

Opener: Alison Heath, Manager Southern Ocean Lodge with artist Gabrielle Jones. Photo: Steve Howell.

Alison Heath, manager of the lodge, in opening the exhibition, said one of the first things Gabrielle enquired about was whether the staff quarters would accommodate her equipment and art studio supplies.

Alison described Gabrielle as motivated and passionate about her specialist art form, so much so that her first life size echidna has been purchased for the Lodge and is on permanent exhibition leading to a number of international sales.

 Chirpy at KI Gallery: Wendy Leonhardt’s quirky bird houses. Photo: Jan Pengilly.

Chirpy at KI Gallery: Wendy Leonhardt’s quirky bird houses. Photo: Jan Pengilly.

Dr Peggy Rismiller spoke about how difficult it is to accurately replicate nature and how well Gabrielle had achieved it.

In particular Peggy who has studied many of the creatures on display through her scientific research commended Gabrielle on the attention to detail particularly of their feet.

She also commented on the echidna beak and tongue and reiterated that none of the sculptures were formed from animal parts with the bulk being fabricated in polymer clay, wire, and other synthetic materials.

On display are also some fantasy creatures that are Jones’ enduring passion and a dozen watercolours of studies that have inspired her work.

You can visit the Gallery daily 10-5 (excluding Tuesdays) until Monday, October 16, 2018 to view the exhibition. For information contact curator Fleur Peters.

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KI Gallery News

KI Gallery in Murray Street is brimming with warm winter woollies and fantastic gift ideas. Of note this month catching people’s eyes are Wendy Leonhardt's quirky bird houses taking on a new twist.  Not only do our human residents need warmth at this time, so do our birds. So pop in to the gallery today and see the talents of local artists and shop locally.