Despite last week’s extreme weather conditions, the team from Fine Art KI was unstoppable in presenting the eighth SALA exhibition of KI art at Adelaide’s National Wine Centre. KI Cartage transported the artwork from KI and many islanders made the journey despite restricted ferry services.
About 400 people attended the official opening day on Sunday of ‘How Do We Love Thee? Let Us Count The Ways… KI The Intertidal Zone’. The official launch at 2pm was resoundingly successful with exhibitors celebrating with mainlanders, some of whom have attended each of the past eight exhibitions.
Visitors were excited about the breadth and quality of the works, which resulted in early and strong sales. Dave Clarke’s popular ‘Nautilus’ was acquired by collectors in both the copper and bronze editions. First time exhibitor Sara Hourez’ painting ‘Zoom in the Zones’ was purchased immediately following the announcement of this year’s art prize winner, Reiko Hosokawa of Antechamber Bay. Cecilia Gunnarsson sold three paintings to the same purchaser and Nicholas Pike’s major painting went to a recurring KI visitor and collector.
Regular attendee Tony Hill remarked, “The exhibition was wonderful and the theme was richly explored. Every piece of artwork captures the subject and goes to the core of what we love and cherish about the island”.
Speaker and marine researcher Prof Bronwyn Gillanders compared the pristine conditions of KI’s beaches to those polluted parts of Timor-Leste, emphasising the urgency to preserve and care for these critical ecosystems. Penny Griggs general manager of SALA, ably stood in for Chair the Hon John Hill and delivered his apologies and message.
“Congratulations to the organisers and 23 outstanding KI artists for once again participating in SALA – logistically not easy, but your commitment to bring the 130 works to Adelaide shows the passion and energy of the KI arts community.
“SALA values the partnership with KI – your contribution is unique and gives mainlanders an annual opportunity to survey what is happening on KI. It is an honour to have the eighth annual exhibition of KI art at the National Wine Centre as part of the 20th SALA Festival.”
Quentin Chester, exhibitor, stranded on KI, said, “This is a fantastic example of loyal artistic collaboration curated by the team at Fine Art KI.” The exhibition continues until August 27, with three floor talks during the week August 14-18.