Recently returned from a thoroughly enjoyable 5 day trip to the above places. I met my mother in Brisbane for the opening night of my exhibition at Edwina Corlette gallery. www.edwinacorlette.com
This was lots of fun with super friendly people who seemed genuinely interested in the work and engaged me in conversation about it. Edwina took a large group of us out for dinner after the opening to a local restaurant in China town. All and all a successful evening. Mum and
I enjoyed our weekend together trapsing around Brisbane and catching cabs when the rain had soaked us so much that i was shivering.
After Brisbane I caught a bus to Byron to catch up with a friend and see just how much Byron had changed since I was last there.. about 10 years ago. Well despite the obvious changes-more shops, more people…I still enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the place and can understand why it is so popular. My friend Kylie, made me feel very much at home and new many of the faces at the local restaurant and pub. I have made some new Byron contacts through her as well as renewing some old contact through mutual connections!
The next day I had lunch with the lovely Michelle Dawson-an artist who lives and works in a converted church in the pretty town of Bangalow. I had met Michelle at Art Sydney last year and we arranged to swap an artwork so this was the reason for our get together. Michelle was a wonderful host and I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with her, sharing stories and looking at her incredible artworks..one of which now adorns my wall! Check out her work at http://www.msdawson.com …hybrid and monsters and exquisitely drawn. I also bought a couple of her books!
On my last day I presented to a large group of year 12 students at Marymount college at Burleigh Waters. We then had a collage workshop in which I showed them how to make hybrid and anthropomorphized creatures using cut out illustrations and a variety of patterned papers that Fiona had sourced. This was a wonderful experience and I feel in love with the relaxed and super hospitable nature of the people I met there. This event was organized by another wonderful artist whom I initially met at Art Melbourne last year- Fiona Kennedy Altoft ( yep we also did a swapsie!). Fionas work can be seen at:
Other good news is that I am one of 10 artists to have been selected for Off The Wall Art Melbourne April 22nd -25th! This is a great opportunity to have my work viewed by around 15,000 people over the 4 days of the art fair…but the ultimate outcome would be to be taken on by a Commercial gallery in Melbourne!
fingers crossed. and on that note, better get back to the drawing board-literally.