Easter Art Entries due next month; Gallery turns ten; Kingscote Gallery; A vision for island art

Easter Exhibition: Michele Lane, providing an artist talk at the 2016 exhibition. Photo: Supplied.
Easter Exhibition: Michele Lane, providing an artist talk at the 2016 exhibition. Photo: Supplied.

Easter Art Entries due next month

Early days: Fleur and Fred alongside artworks by some of the Fine Art KI inaugural  artists, Neil Sheppard and Rod Cowin. Photo: Supplied.

Early days: Fleur and Fred alongside artworks by some of the Fine Art KI inaugural artists, Neil Sheppard and Rod Cowin. Photo: Supplied.

The island’s most celebrated and highest profile art event is on again in Penneshaw this Easter and artists are reminded they have until Wednesday February 14 2018 to submit their entry forms.  

Convenors of the 2018 Easter Art Exhibition announce more than $6,000 in prize monies will be awarded across nine open and themed categories.

Art Gallery of South Australia continues to support the exhibition and this year’s AGSA judge is Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art. Leigh is delighted to be involved. “The Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition”, she says, “brings together experienced artists as well as budding art stars and creates a space to share their latest works and ideas. Spanning all generations of artists and traversing most mediums, the exhibition offers diverse encounters with contemporary art practices.”

‘Watch This Space’ is the theme for the major award category, the Peter Walker Prize, giving artists unlimited scope, and open to works in any medium. In addition to the prestige of winning, awarded artists will receive a first prize of $2,000 and second prize of $1,000.

There are open categories for current works in 2-D, 3-D and photography, and individual categories are open to children under nine, under 12 and youth under 16 years of age. The People’s Choice prize is judged by visitors to the nine day-long exhibition and announced at the close of the show.

All artworks are entered for sale and visitors come from on and off the island especially to make a purchase and take a special piece of Kangaroo Island art home with them. Opening night is on Good Friday March 30.

Entry forms are due to Project Manager Fleur Peters no later than COB Wednesday February 14 2018. For all enquiries or to request an e-form please email project manager at fineartki@bigpond.com.

Forms can be downloaded from Fine Art KI, Authentic KI and TKI web pages via the following links:

https://fineartkangarooisland.com.au/easter-art-exhibition-entry-form-2018/

https://authentickangarooisland.com.au/news/

http://bit.ly/2m5Vr8r

Hard copies are available from the convenors, Artist Collective at Artworks Gallery Baudin Beach, in Kingscote at Fine Art KI, KI Gallery and Spinners and Weavers; and in Penneshaw at TKI visitor centre, Granny Stirlings and the Post Office.

Gallery turns ten

Fred and Fleur Peters opened Fine Art Kangaroo Island in Kingscote ten years ago this Australia Day weekend. Following a suggestion by Genny Amadio, the gallery was established in the two front rooms of the Amadio’s heritage building on January 28 2008 before expanding into the ‘Bay Window’ and additional shop front opposite – the present location since 2013.  

Their art business has been a decade-long passion to promote island artists, including touring exhibitions such as eight National Wine Centre shows for SALA in Adelaide, contributions to key KI events such as Feastival and the Easter Art Show, installation of public artworks 175th Deb Sleeman sculpture and Jenny Clapson historic mural, and establishment of a community arts courtyard and garden.  

During this time Fred gained widespread recognition as a studio silversmith for his unique island-inspired designs, while continuing to provide a quality custom framing service behind the scenes.

Fleur honed her skills curating the gallery exhibits and more than 50 exhibitions, introducing exciting emerging artists onto the KI arts scene as well as showcasing important community concerns such as Out of the Ashes, Dolphin Watch and Shep in Relief.

Fleur and Fred thank exhibiting artists, members of KI’s arts groups and community and visiting art lovers for ten years of support. Keep an eye out for news of celebrations in The Islander and on social media. Drop into the gallery on Saturday January 27 to help Fleur and Fred celebrate.

Kingscote Gallery

Last year’s addition of a splendid new wheelchair access ramp at the front entrance of the Kingscote Gallery in Murray Street is a work of art itself. This year the Gallery is to get a much-needed internal facelift. The KI Art Society has obtained a $5,000 grant from the KI Council to renovate the Top Gallery and replace the carpets. Once the work gets underway there will be a bit of disruption, but the end result is bound to be worth it. It will be wonderful to have a fresh new space to display the creative endeavours of our talented local artists.

Artists, volunteers and family gathered at the Gallery just before Christmas to celebrate another successful year. A number of new members have begun exhibiting their artworks during the year and the variety of styles and media has never been greater. If you are in the vicinity, check out newcomer Sandra Leigh's woollen creations. Best of all, as a community cooperative enterprise, everything in the Gallery is produced by local artists and the proceeds of all sales go predominantly to the artists themselves.

A vision for island art

Imagine a dedicated public art space on our own wild island. Imagine our past island artists and their art being honoured with a permanent, protected home. Imagine world class exhibitions and artists visiting, inspiring and sharing with island artists, and the community.

Research by the Regional Galleries Association of SA found the benefits of regional galleries extended beyond the local arts community. They become a drawcard for visitors and bring social, psychological and economic benefits to regions.

The Art Museum of Kangaroo Island Establishment Association has begun planning to locate, fund, design, build and open the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island, which will house a permanent collection of art from and of KI, include space for temporary and travelling exhibitions, and for visiting artists and workshops.

The group has registered as an incorporated association and begun the strategic planning process to form a solid foundation for this mammoth project. In the next six months it will be developing an overall strategic plan, and asking for comments on it from stakeholders. It will also develop business, communications and fundraising plans.

On Tuesday February 13 the association launches 35 days of crowdfunding at through the site startsomegood.com. Join our email list: amki.committee@gmail.com. Call: 0417 086 870.