Artwork donated to KI Hospital by Coralie and Smiley of Rustic Blue

Kangaroo Island Health Service's new executive officer director of nursing Katrina Seng accepts one of the donated artworks from Dave Smillie and Coralie Riedel.
Kangaroo Island Health Service's new executive officer director of nursing Katrina Seng accepts one of the donated artworks from Dave Smillie and Coralie Riedel.

Coralie Riedel and her long term-partner Dave Smillie, better known as Smiley, have donated artworks to the Kangaroo Island Hospital.

The couple, who founded the Rustic Blue gallery, recently sold their property on the south coast and are looking forward to new adventures.

Their donation consisted of two large framed photographs, one of Vivonne Bay and the other of seashells she collected, as well as two smaller pieces.

Accepting the donation was KI Health Service's new executive officer director of nursing Katrina Seng, who just arrived in late July with her family having relocated from Mt Isa.

Coralie is the daughter of Bob Riedel, who was Kingscote's postmaster from 1969, then retiring due to illness in the early 80's.

She has an affinity with the KI Hospital, doing training in theatre for cannulation and intubation with Dr Steve Betharis as part of her paramedic training for a job she had in WA.

She worked as a volunteer Ambulance officer from 1991 to 1996 at the Kingscote Station and then again in 2003 to 2007 at Gosse Station.

"My family and I have since used the Ambulance service as patients and have been in the Kingscote hospital many times," she said.

"The care of the nurses, doctors and volunteers and career paramedics is unsurpassed.

"The Island is extremely lucky to have such caring and thoughtful medical professionals, which is often not the case in other locations."

Smiley and Coralie felt it was the right thing to donate the artworks to put smiles on the patients and to those who work and volunteer there time at the hospital.

Kangaroo Island Health Service's new executive officer director of nursing Katrina Seng accepts one of the donated artworks from Dave Smillie and Coralie Riedel.

Kangaroo Island Health Service's new executive officer director of nursing Katrina Seng accepts one of the donated artworks from Dave Smillie and Coralie Riedel.

Coralie and Smiley started Rustic Blue Gallery, Café and Day Spa in 2006 and have had great success.

Artists featured have included Scott Hartsthorne KI, Suzanne Trethewey KI, Malcolm Greenwood NSW, Cindy Durant SA, Christopher Pope SA, and multi international award-winning artist Christina Cordero NSW, along with many more.

The café in 2016 was voted number 2 on Trip Advisor on KI, while the day spa operated over the summer holiday months along with wildlife experiences in the evenings with a cheese platter and bush walks and meditations.

Recently the whole 400-acre property has been sold. The recent bushfires burned through the area and property but thankfully the gallery and gardens survived.

Coralie and Smiley intend to continue with Rustic Blue in a different way.

The new owners from the mainland SA are looking forward to a relaxed retirement and are currently negotiating a lease for the buildings.

They hope another great business can continue in the magnificent gardens created by Smiley, when back in 2001 there was nothing but a paddock and a shearing shed.

Currently Coralie and Smiley have their artworks available at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus and also at the new soon-to-be-opened American River Community Gallery.

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