Kangaroo Island artists hit the road again for SALA

South Australian Living Artist festival, founded in 1997, is on again this August.

SALA promises art lovers around SA 600 free exhibitions and events displaying the works of 4500 metropolitan and regional artists.

Block out your diary now for the state’s largest and most diverse visual arts showcase!

For the ninth consecutive year you will find Kangaroo Island artists in all stages of their careers at Adelaide’s National Wine Centre for the KI “How Do We Love Thee? Let us Count the ways ...” exhibition proudly presented and curated by Fine Art Kangaroo Island in partnership with local businesses and agencies. 

At this time of year the exhibition, which is staffed for its entire duration, provides an opportunity to expose mainland audiences to our arts, culture, and tourism assets as well as specific natural resource management issues.

This year’s theme “Cliff Tops and Coastal Dunes” is topical and follows recent debate in regard to KI’s coastal reserves. The theme has resonated for 20 enthusiastic and talented artists.  

Perhaps the most uniquely inspirational of Kangaroo Island’s natural assets is her 540km of coastline.

Ruggedly beautiful cliffs and spectacular rolling sand dunes hold sites of significance as well as vital habitat for plants, animals and sea birds.

More than 80 fascinating new works in an exciting range of materials and mediums have been designed with passion by this year’s selected artists, and are in their final stages of production.

The works explore and reveal critical facets of this steadfast yet subtly evolving realm. 

Feature artists for 2018 are Audrey Harnett, Caroline Taylor, Cecilia Gunnarsson, Deborah Sleeman, Diana Keir, Fred Peters, Janet Ayliffe, Jenny Clapson, Kenita Williamson, Llewelyn Ash, Maggie Welz, Michele Lane, Mishka Ammann, Nick Hannaford, Nicholas Burness Pike, Patti Blucher, Peggy Rismiller, Quentin Chester, Rose Walker, and Sara Hourez.

Property owner Michele Lane, a regular exhibitor and multi-awarded prize winner at the KI Easter Art Exhibition, has a 30 year relationship with the Island.

Her art practice has evolved from painting to printmaking and often utilises techniques that echo the themes and subjects she is portraying.

For Cliff Tops and Coastal Dunes, she has become fascinated with the incredible plant biodiversity that can exist in the most extreme conditions overhanging the Southern Ocean.

Rose Walker, born on the Dudley Peninsula, is another winning contributor to the Easter Art Exhibition.

Rose exhibits for the first time with fellow KI artists in this highly regarded SALA show. Rose is professionally trained in ceramics and qualified in 2009 at the ANU School of Art & Design.

She travels for pleasure and study, but constantly re-visits the Island the place she considers underpins much of her inspiration for her artwork, particularly the ocean and its coastal meeting place with the land.

Best known for her glazed, slip cast porcelain, she often combines elements of intaglio printing and monotype. 

The KI How Do We Love Thee? exhibition is now considered a “must-see” event on the SALA program.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see these exciting new artworks by the exhibition’s newest artists in a blend with the inspired work of highly regarded regular exhibitors all of whom have the reputation for communicating vital conservation messages. 

“How Do We Love Thee? KI – Cliff Tops & Coastal Dunes” features 20 artists, one subtly evolving realm, 90 diverse artworks, a wealth of mediums: sculpture, painting, printmaking, jewellery and textiles.

The show opens on Sunday, August 5 at 2pm, and runs daily from 10am to 5pm until August 26.

For more information or to register to attend an exclusive preview please contact curator Fleur Peters at fineartki@bigpond.com