Home' The Bunyip : June 25th 2014 Contents Page 26 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, June 25, 2014
GAWLER Council is seeking
partnership funding to extend
and build on its urban arts
program for young artists.
At last night's council meeting,
council was expected to discuss ap-
plying for a community arts grant,
made available through Arts SA, to
cover an extension of its current ur-
ban arts program, as well as fund a
public art project.
Up to $20,000, as part of a dol-
lar-for-dollar initiative, is available
to projects which encourage com-
munity involvement and owner-
According to a council report, if
funding is received, the youth ur-
ban arts program will see a hands-
on workshop occur during the
Christmas school holidays.
"Accomplished young artists will
be invited to work with a group of
Gawler's young artists to develop
and deliver two to four pieces of
artwork for installation in the local
community," it states.
"A public creative development
workshop will include selected
youth artists, the local community,
young people and project partners
to come together to develop cre-
ative and artistic concepts relevant
"This may include historical,
cultural, environment or social
The Youth Urban Arts program
has also previously funded a graffiti
mural on the gym wall of the Gawler
Sport and Community Centre.
Most recently, it has funded a
large mural on the upper level of
Gawler's multi-storey car park, cre-
ated with help from accomplished
artist Seb Humphreys and students
from Gawler & District College.
Meanwhile, council's second proj-
ect concept, titled Gawler Commu-
nity Public Art Project, will involve
all community artists across all ages.
In addition to a development
workshop, four hands-on practical
workshops will be conducted to de-
velop two to four pieces of artwork
to be displayed publicly.
ARTSGrant to develop council art projects
A GROUP of friends will again come together
to exhibit their creative, inspiring and colourful
Now in its ninth year, artist group Amity will ex-
hibit 'A symphony of colour' at the Gawler Com-
munity Gallery, from late next week.
Watercolours, acrylics, pen and ink, oils and pho-
tography will fill the gallery's Red Hen room, with
subject matter varying from seascapes to floral pieces
Member Carol Clue will be exhibiting her piece
'Autumn Glory' which depicts the bright pinks, pur-
ples and oranges of autumn leaves.
Other Amity members include watercolourist Di-
anne Vagg, watercolour and acrylic artist Colleen
Gates, and watercolour and pen-and-ink artist Brian
"Amity means friendship and, as such, that was
the name we chose because we collectively work very
well together -- we complement each others' work
and our friendship has stood the time," Mrs Clue
"We work independently to a degree and then
when it all comes together, it's just that symphony
"It's absolutely beautiful."
Amity has already begun looking ahead to next
year's exhibition, which will take place in its 10th
Meanwhile, A symphony of colour will be on dis-
play at the Gawler Community Gallery from Thurs-
day, July 3, to Sunday, August 10.
An opening ceremony will be held from 2pm on
Sunday, July 6.
The gallery is open Thursday to Saturday, 10am to
4pm, and on Sundays, 9am to 3pm.
Wright was inspired by the
plight of the orangutans
when creating one of her
most recent acrylics.
The piece 'Mother's Cradle'
was selected as the People's
Choice winner in the Gawler
Community Gallery's moth-
er-themed competition, held
earlier this year.
Mrs Wright said she was
rapt by the honour.
"There were some really
nice paintings there, so to
know people liked it, I'm re-
ally pleased," she said.
The Gawler Community
Gallery's mother exhibi-
tion was held shortly before
Mother's Day and called on
entrants to submit a piece on
gallery-supplied canvas un-
der the theme 'mother'.
"When they decided we
had to do mothers, I thought
that, other than women and
babies, what was the most
beautiful thing -- orangutans
holding their babies," Mrs
"...If we don't help the
orangutans look after their
home, they are not going to
be able to be safe enough to
lay there asleep and look af-
ter their babies.
"So it was more or less an
environment issue that in-
Mother's Cradle is current-
ly on display at Lou Miranda
Estate, Rowland Flat.
ARTIST Ellen Steyn will soon be tak-
ing her love of animals to the Gawler
Steyn will be exhibiting 'Animal expo: for
the love of animals' from next Thursday, July
3, until Sunday, August 10.
"There are 30-odd paintings of animals of all
different types and sorts, from cats and dogs to
sheep and cattle and horses and then elephants
and lions and tigers," Steyn said.
Well known for her horse paintings, Steyn
loves to paint acrylics of all animals, from pho-
tographs she has taken.
"I love old buildings and I love landscapes,
but there are so many good painters of those,
years ago I changed and thought 'why don't
I do animals', because that's always been my
love," she said.
"I prefer acrylics because I like to get some
detail work and it dries quickly and you can
work layer upon layer with it."
Animal expo will be located in the Overland
room of the Gawler Community Gallery and
will be officially opened with several other ex-
hibitions on Sunday, July 6.
GAWLER Art Society members
have been busy preparing for their
upcoming exhibition at the Gawler
A selection of the society's pieces will
be displayed in the Red Hen and Tea
and Sugar rooms of the gallery, from
next Thursday, July 3, to Sunday, Au-
An official exhibition opening is
planned for 2pm on Sunday, July 6.
Several members also have artworks,
including photography, on display at
the Gawler Community Gallery this
week, as well as at Totally Framed on
Adelaide Road, the Gawler Health
Service, Kapunda Gallery and at vari-
ous other venues.
Congratulations have been extended
to member Carol Green for her Peo-
ple's Choice Award in the Gawler His-
tory Art Exhibition and to Jan Worden
for taking out second prize in the pho-
tography exhibition, currently running
at the Gawler Community Gallery.
Meanwhile, the society's June in-
house workshop featured member
Sharyn Sinclair sharing her charcoal
drawing techniques and skills.
Each person had their own subject
matter to work with, resulting in some
The upcoming July 15 workshop
will be tutored by local indigenous art-
ist Scott Rathman and be titled 'Dis-
covering your emotional and physical
Participants will work in acrylics and
use a canvas size of their choice.
Non-members are invited to par-
ticipate and should phone Pat (8522
6428) for further information.
Members are reminded that the an-
nual meeting will be held at the Gawl-
er Sport and Community Centre on
Tuesday, July 22, at 10.30am.
More information on the Gawler
Art Society is available by phoning
Gawler's Youth Urban Arts program has helped transform the upper level of the town's multi-storey car park.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
'Boys Toys' by Dianne Vagg will be on display at the
Gawler Community Gallery, as part of an exhibition
by artist-group Amity.
Acrylic 'Mother's Cradle' by Laura Wright has been announced People's
Choice winner of the Gawler Community Gallery's mother exhibition.
Art society's exhibition All about animals
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