Multi-awarded Fine Art Kangaroo Island is approaching its 12th anniversary and a tribute exhibition is being organised.
Numerous milestones have been achieved along the journey to build the brand of Kangaroo Island as an exciting arts destination
In the first year exhibitor numbers grew rapidly from 12 to 45 and in excess of $145,000 was paid out to those artists.
Enviable art works were purchased for the newly decorated guest rooms in Southern Ocean Lodge and contracts secured to provide broader exposure for many artists.
At the gallery “Out of the Ashes”, “The Many Faces of Albert Joseph” and “Some-Bling New” exhibitions brought hundreds of visitors and locals through the doors.
“Fine Art KI - Past and Present” a tribute exhibition, will run until the end of April.
It will showcase a limited and rolling selection of early and recent artworks by the opening 12 artists, whose work still features in the gallery today.
It will be a unique opportunity to reflect on the journey of these talented artists over the past decade or more.
Feature artists include Mark Capon, Jenny Clapson, Rod Cowin, Sonny Joseph, the late Diana Keir, Anne Morrison, Sean McGowan, Fred Peters, Nick Pike, the late Neil Sheppard, Deb Sleeman, and Ros Stoldt.
On show will be ceramics, jewellery, photographs, painting, assemblage, textiles, glass and sculptural objects. Many of these artists have loaned early pieces to exhibit alongside newer or recent works.
Mark Capon, whose work was collected by the National Gallery of Australia after a benefactor saw it at Southern Ocean Lodge, has got his small kiln running again.
He is producing exquisite wearable art in his trademark black and white glaze, as well as colourful, illustrative jewellery pieces. On display will also be some of his larger decorative ceramics from his personal collection.
Textile artist and painter Ros Stoldt whose pastel pictures of kangaroos were snapped up in the first sales to Southern Ocean Lodge, will exhibit a large oil painting of an eagle together with her current passion for eco-printing native flora on fine wool table runners and scarfs.
Rod Cowin has produced new digital collage assembled from manipulating hundreds of photographs of gum bark with the aid of his keyboard, screen, and mouse.
This digital technique was first developed by him in 2007 and his large, quirky storyboard portraits of Ned Kelly were a hit when Fine Art first opened their gallery.
Fine Art Kangaroo Island gallery is open daily, except Tuesdays. Many works will be for sale. You are welcome to visit and share your memories with gallery owners Fleur and Fred Peters.