August’s National Wine Centre exhibition was a highly successful event for local artists and the island in general.
It was one of 700 events on SALA’s program and confirmed the special place island artists have in the wider South Australian art scene.
Fine Art Kangaroo Island was pleased with audience attendance mainly from SA but also interstaters, internationals, and Islanders who specifically made the journey.
New and returning visitors commented the overall standard of the work was of consistently high quality. Many of these returned several times to show their friends.
Seventy pieces were sold and four artists sold all catalogued works.
There were major stand out pieces that attracted extra comment and others which delighted with subtler messages.
The people’s choice voting mirrored visitor’s appreciation for diverse artworks such as Nick Pike’s painting “The Hawk’s Nest”, Michele Lane’s etching “The Stoics”, Nick Hannaford’s series ” Line of Sight”, Quentin Chester’s photograph “Corniche”, Janet Ayliffe’s “The Nankeen Night Herons” and Audrey Harnett’s triptych “Coastline Magic”.
Llewelyn Ash’s “Sea of Glass” received the most votes and Dorne Stevens of Happy Valley is the thrilled winner of the SeaLink Aurora Ozone travel prize to Kangaroo Island.
Dorne was enchanted with Llewelyn’s design, and the way the light illuminated its beautiful colours and shape.
She regularly attends the KI SALA show and this year brought a friend. They wandered through the exhibits sipping Kangaroo Island wines. Dorne is related to early settler Alfred Childs Burgess who took refuge at West Bay and says she now has the perfect excuse to come back and visit KI.
Curator Fleur Peters congratulated all 20 artists for a meaningful and thought provoking exhibition.
The cliff tops and coastal dunes theme communicates vital messages regarding the need to protect the Island’s natural and fragile habitat.
Next year’s theme will focus on Flinders Chase National Park protected wilderness area, which in 2019 will celebrate 100 years since being gazetted.
Artists are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register interest in exhibiting.