Kangaroo Island Women's Support Group unveils colourful mosaic

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The latest art work bringing colour and joy to Kingscote's built environment was installed on Monday, December 21 on the exterior ramp entrance to the Kangaroo Island Art Society Gallery in Murray Street.

"Under The Sea" is a finely-wrought multi-panel mosaic, created over the past five months by 10 talented women artists, known as the Women's Support Group at Junction Community Centre.

They are Helen Puttock, Ros Byrne, Di Nugent, Lisa Wood, Lyn Thornton, Karen Page, Janine Warren, Izzy Coleman, Mary Frith and Jodie Miekle.

The installation was supported by John Puttock, Peter Byrne, Steve Ott, with plaque engraving by Darryl Chenoweth.

The mosaic's form, colours, textures and its underwater theme were sensitively designed to respond to and enhance recycled jetty pylon timbers from which the gallery's entrance ramp is constructed.

It adds an elegant finishing touch to the exterior renovation of the Art Society Gallery begun in 2018.

The mosaic was initiated by the gallery's committee with Junction Community Centre and the project became another successful collaboration between Advance Kingscote; artist members of the Kangaroo Island Art Society and Junction Community Centre.

The mosaic is the latest beacon of creativity included in a larger Kingscote "Art Trail" project for which Advance Kingscote received $8500 funding from the Federal Government's 'Stronger Communities Program'.

Advance Kingscote then matched this grant, with the combined funds purchasing materials and equipment for murals, street art and mosaic to enliven the township. - Catherine Murphy