Inclusive Excellence: Regional Series 2

Providing a snapshot of the region - Joel Smoker, Suzanna Hay, Carol Mulhearn and a botanical art exhibition by Chrissy Weldon & Christine Cresswell.

ArtGeo Gallery

Saturday 01 August 2020 8:00AM -
Sunday 30 August 2020 4:00PM

Big Wide Land & Way Out West - Joel Smoker

Joel Smoker has travelled widely around Western Australia for many years seeking out places that interest him and may offer good compositions for the pastel drawings that he has produced, see his solo exhibitions Big Wide Land and Way Out West, in the Gallery. When he finds a good location he sets up his folding chair, clips his paper to a MDF board and draws what he sees in front of him. He then takes a photograph of the scene and uses this as a reference when he completes the piece in his studio at Binningup in the southwest. Joel has exhibited widely around Australia since his first ceramics exhibition at Carols Art Gallery in Perth, in 1979, showing work that has included ceramics, photography, pastel drawings, silk screen prints, and collage. Joel’s art is represented in major collections including the Art Gallery of WA, The Fremantle City art collection, The Shire of Mundaring art collection, The City of Geraldton art collection and The National Gallery of Victoria.

Denham Jetty email web

Image credit: Joel Smoker, Denham Jetty

Outback out the Back - Suzanna Hay

Once visited, The Kimberley leaves a lasting impression. Suzanna Hay is a watercolour artist living in the green and leafy south west of Western Australia. However, she loves pack her paints and travel up north to red dirt country. Working from plein air sketches and using a strictly limited palette, this collection of paintings is Suzanna’s tribute to the amazing landscape of the Kimberley region.

suzanna hay

A bit of Fluff - Carol Mulhearn 

I have always been a maker and been interested in texture and colour.  Recently I discovered the wonders of loose fibre. I am constantly amazed by what can be produced from a bit of fluff. Textures, colours, form, size, function - anything is possible. You can paint with fibre, produce clothing, fabrics jewellery - wearable art. The most amazing, strong, durable items can be made and anyone can do it.  You don’t need to spend a fortune, all you need is some fibre, soap, water and a bit of elbow grease - let your imagination run wild and create something amazing. I haven’t been working with fibre for very long but I have found the creation of wearable art so enjoyable and therapeutic that I’m now trying different techniques and processes. The items presented are wearable art, made from renewable resources. They all started on my workspace as nothing more than a bit of fluff.

Carol Mulhearn

It's a Love Affair with Nature

A Botanical Art Exhibition in the Bond Store by Chrissy Weldon and Christine Cresswell. Framed and unframed originals for sale, framed and unframed limited edition Giclee Prints, Watercolours and Graphite. 

Christine Cresswell

I love gardening and growing plants of all types. After doing the Master Gardener course at the University of Melbourne (Burnley), my children gave me a botanical illustration course at the Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne), where I found I loved painting the plants as much as growing them! Living in Margaret River I particularly enjoy capturing the vivid colours and complex shapes of the local wildflowers and love to show the different stages of a plant’s life cycle. My paintings include a diverse range of subjects from well-known exotic plants to wildflowers that grow only in the Southwest of Western Australia. Watercolours are my chosen medium because I love the vibrancy and luminosity that they allow – many of our wildflowers are absolutely stunning!

Donkey orchid

Image credit: Christine Cresswell, Donkey Orchid - Diuris sp., 2019. Approx. dimensions 450x350 (framed).

Chrissy Weldon

In the early 90’s I was looking for a change from the accounting and finance world of stress and boredom. I decided to join an art class learning different mediums mainly doing still life which I continued to do for many years. Until, just by chance I visited botanical artist Elaine Musgrave’s studios in the Blue Mountains, what beautiful artwork, it was then my art took a different direction. I completed a distance learning course in botanical art attending summer schools at Mittagong Art School, it was then the passion really started. After many months of trying I finally got a place in the 12 months botanical course in the Sydney Botanical Gardens with Barbara Duckwort, it was a fantastic year painting and being in the gardens. In 2012 I attended 12 months at the Royal Society of Arts in Lavender Bay. I travelled around Australia doing as many workshops as I could with some of the finest masters of botanical art, with the aim of hopefully being accepted into the prestigious “Botanica” exhibition held in the Sydney Botanical Gardens. I taught a small class of beginners for 3 years hoping that one day they too would find their passion. Finally after five years in 2015 I was accepted into “Botanica” and continued to exhibit each year until 2018.  It has been a wonderful journey. My love of the garden, color and details became my life seeing our amazing nature with different eyes.


Image Credit: Chrissy Weldon, 16 Pisum sativum, pink pea plant, Watercolour             





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