Fine Art KI happenings - 2020 Easter Art, Bling show, authors at Airport

Crowds flock to 2018 Easter Art Exhibition at Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.
Crowds flock to 2018 Easter Art Exhibition at Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island.

It is only five months until the highly anticipated KI Easter Art exhibition will transform Penneshaw Town Hall and the doors will open to the community to celebrate with the artists on Good Friday evening 2020.

In a long-running tradition of 35 years this now bi-annual event is the largest art show held on the island and is open to visual artists in all mediums and with a range of experience. It is expected to attract a lineup of 350 artworks including first time exhibitors, emerging and established artists, children and young people, from on and off the island. This exciting show celebrates the artistic output from all generations of islanders, and can see school children exhibiting alongside their grandparents.The Artists Collective KI has announced 'On the Edge' as the theme for the major prize category, the inaugural Diana Keir Art Award, which gives artists unlimited scope and is open to works in any medium. The late Diana Keir was a long-term supporter and contributor to the show, her favourite island art event. In addition to the major award, prizes will be presented for other categories including current works 2-D and 3-D, youth and children's sections. A generous prize pool is again expected to exceed $7000 and will be confirmed shortly. ACKI is currently distributing entry information. For all enquiries or to request an e-form please email project manager Fleur Peters at ACKI members, previous exhibitors and members of other island art groups will receive theirs by email. All other interested artists are encouraged to request an entry package. Online forms will be available to download by December and limited hard copies can be picked up from Artworks Gallery at Baudin Beach and other locations to be announced. Artists will have until March 1 to lodge their entry forms and provide all cataloguing requirements.

Gallery lends its support to show

In breaking news the Artists Collective KI announces Rhana Devenport ONZM, Director of the Art Gallery of SA as one of the two judges for the 2020 Kangaroo Island Easter Art exhibition. This is a wonderful endorsement of the exhibition. Committee member Karen Disney has been handling arrangements and coan confirm that Rhana will attend both the opening night presentations and the 'Meet the Judges' feedback sessions the following morning.

SOS - we can't do it without you!

The Easter Art Exhibition is an important part of the island's arts calendar and celebrates the enormous breadth of creativity that exists in our community. The exhibition has been saved from closure twice in recent years in 2016 and 2018 by the generous support of the community. The event is estimated to cost $40,000 to stage and is currently co-ordinated by a small and dedicated committee of volunteer art lovers. Between now and April there are tasks big and small to be done. You are invited to consider offering your support for a few hours or for longer if you are able. We need help with data processing of entry forms, distributing raffle tickets, placing posters across the island from December, installation screens and moving stage, painting and remediating hanging screens, installing fittings, assisting the curator, cleaning and readying the hall, catering on the night, proof reading catalogues, rostering during the exhibition, receipting and booking in artworks 29 March or 1 April 2020, erecting flags and banners, collating catalogues, e-presentation of winners and photographing the event. Please contact committee convener Peggy Rismiller to register on 8553 7174 or email

BLING: Suzanne Trethewey and Ros Stoldt modelling at previous Bling show at Fine Art KI.

BLING: Suzanne Trethewey and Ros Stoldt modelling at previous Bling show at Fine Art KI.

Some-Bling to Cherish

It's on again! Fine Art Kangaroo Island's tenth annual pre-Christmas bling and cocktail party is on Friday 29 November between 5:15 and 7pm in the Kingscote Gallery and garden. Local 'models' of all ages and backgrounds will team with artisan jewellers to showcase the artists' new creations while sipping cocktails curated for the festivities by Kangaroo Island Spirits. This event is one that residents do not want to miss. Adelaide fans too will often plan a quick pre-season visit to be first in line to purchase or list their favourite hand-made pieces on the Gallery's gift register. The register, layby and gift vouchers make picking the right present for that special someone so much easier for family and friends. 'Some-Bling to Cherish' exhibition will feature the work of 12 art jewellers across mediums including precious metal, glass, clay, gemstones, found and organic materials. Joining regulars Fred Peters, Audrey Harnett, Anne Morrison, Mark Capon and Cecilia Gunnarsson will be first time exhibitors Connie Foyle and Clare Angrave. Both design colourful and affordable earrings but use vastly different techniques. Connie upcycles builder's laminate which she cuts and buffs while Clare forms elegant pieces in clay. The Gallery is proud to introduce new ranges from By Blu, the design label of Patti Blucher. Patti of Vivonne Bay works as a full-time dedicated jeweller and over the past year has gained steady recognition for her delicate work on and off the island. Join artists and opener Sarah Kemp of Smart Future Creative on the last Friday in November. As usual there will be a Fred Peters jewellery prize awarded by a silent judge for the best matched outfit and jewellery. Contact Fleur Peters 0417 832 037 or if you would like to be matched to a jeweller of your choice. Alternately pick your own fancy cocktail or relaxed party outfit and show a piece from your personal collection. No need to RSVP. Everyone welcome.

AIRPORT DISPLAY: KI Art Feast's Jennie Teasdale AM and some of the Kangaroo Island authors in the new display case at the airport.

AIRPORT DISPLAY: KI Art Feast's Jennie Teasdale AM and some of the Kangaroo Island authors in the new display case at the airport.

Authors on show at KI Airport

KI Art Feast held a literary day at the Kangaroo Island Airport on Sunday, November 3 "Celebrating KI Authors". Any KI resident who has been published, whether a book, poetry or recipes, was invited. Authors brought along an item for show and tell. The published works will also be placed on display at the airport.

Art Feast secured a new glass display case through the KI Council in which to place the various books by the authors. There is also now a dedicated website for books by Kangaroo Island authors and other Island books through Big Quince Print at

"I've worked in conjunction with KI Art Feast to link to a display at the airport which allows visitors to see what's on offer. We hope the collection will also allow Islanders to explore their history and community via the research and creativity of locals," said Alice Teasdale from Big Quince Print.