10th annual KI SALA exhibition a winner

DRAW: Co-sponsor of the Peoples Choice prize Mary Lou Corcoran, general manager of the Aurora Ozone Hotel, draws the winning entry in front of Janet Ayliffe's Hooded Plovers, which together with its sister piece garnered the most votes.
DRAW: Co-sponsor of the Peoples Choice prize Mary Lou Corcoran, general manager of the Aurora Ozone Hotel, draws the winning entry in front of Janet Ayliffe's Hooded Plovers, which together with its sister piece garnered the most votes.

Sanctity and Protection, the 2019 Kangaroo Island travelling exhibition for SALA at National Wine Centre, is a wrap however the successful show continues to engage with locals and visitors.

Throughout October and November you can see many of these original works when you visit the Kangaroo Island Airport.

Around 50 pieces from an extraordinary catalogue of 100 themed artworks have been re-curated in the Arts corridor and include original works in multiples such as hand coloured prints, sculpture and silver, copper jewelry.

As well, Dave Clarke's spectacular electroformed marsupial lion features in the check-in area, with a major hanging piece from printmaker Audrey Harnett in the departure lounge.

Janet Ayliffe's "Angels Over our Island" etching on archival print with embossing depicts the Fra Angelico and John Duncan Angels watchfulness over the lives of the Australian Sea Lions around Flinders Chase coastlines.

This artwork was up for auction at the Pygmy Possum fundraiser night at the KI Brewery and also features in the KI Council's window display commemorating 100 years since Flinders Chase National Park was gazetted.

Record numbers of visitors attended the Adelaide show and more than sixty sales were achieved across multiple mediums.

"August is a quiet time on the Island so SALA presents a great opportunity to expose mainland audiences to the high standard and variety of artwork produced here," curator Fleur Peters, of Fine Art Kangaroo Island said.

"Visitors were captivated by this year's theme which was close to the hearts of all of the talented artists who participated. Audiences were given an opportunity to engage with the fragility of Kangaroo Island's wild places and the potential losses that may occur with commercial development in the National Park."

Co-sponsor of the Peoples Choice prize Mary Lou Corcoran general manager of the Aurora Ozone Hotel said: "It's a privilege to support a project that showcases the wonderful talent that is so much part of the island community".

In its 10th year the exhibition was again generously supported by KI and Fleurieu businesses who value the opportunity to promote Kangaroo Island.

Presentations were made to SeaLink and Melanie Les of 3 Bags Full - who creates the annual distinct heart logo, to acknowledge their considerable contribution to the decade-long show.

People's Choice Winners. The SeaLink People's Choice Prize, including accommodation from the Aurora Ozone Hotel, has been won by Sue Hyde of Glandore.

Sue picked Janet Ayliffe's Hooded Plovers which together with its sister piece garnered the most votes from visitors to the exhibition.

Sue has regularly visited Kangaroo Island and attended the exhibition for many years.

She understands that to stage a group touring show is a massive undertaking but says the exhibition is always amazing and it's the one event on the SALA program she attends over all the others.

Sue thanks Sealink for her travel package, and although she has eaten at the Aurora Ozone restaurant, she is very much looking forward to staying there as an in-house guest.

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