Monday, October 15, 2012

So much to tell you...

What a full on, inspiring, uplifting and intense month it has been. I have participated in two exhibitions, started a new job, booked a space for a pop-up shop/gallery and caught up with lots of family and friends. To say I have been a little overwhelmed would be an understatement. But, it has been AWESOME too !!!

My last post was all about the 30x30x30 exhibition in Perth. What a blast.
Today I am going to share with you the details of my latest exhibition. I took part in the recent Southern Art and Craft Trail. The Southern Art & Craft Trail is an initiative of Artsouthwa Inc., an organisation formed to promote and market fine art and craft created by artists living and working in the Great Southern region of Western Australia and to assist art and craft practitioners, organisations and galleries with professional and skills development.(sic)
"flutter" collage on canvas - leanne fry

Last year, I exhibited with Justine Gamblin, a very talented textile artist from Walpole in Western Australia.
Justine and I
"ficifolia leaf" - justine gamblin
For this years Trail, Justine and I again joined forces but we were very fortunate to collaborate with Clive and Jenny Kendrick (Turnary Form) who also reside in Walpole. They are a husband and wife team who work together to produce embellished turned-timber art pieces. Their work is available in several outlets, including Aspects Gallery in Kings Park, Perth.
Clive and Jenny Kendrick

Embellished Timber Art Pieces

We exhibited under the title of "Forest Connection" and I was so thrilled at how the exhibition space looked on opening night. It all just came together beautifully. Having the different textures of wood, fabric, canvas, paint and ink, along with an array of forest inspired colours and designs together worked so very well. 

The opening night was an enormous success and such a fantastic night would not have been possible without the generous support of our host/major sponsor DEC. They offered us this beautiful room situated at the iconic Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. The location is just stunning. Their unwavering support of local artist must be acknowledged and especially the dedication of the Valley's able leader Ms Julie Ross. 
I sold many of my works including paintings on canvas, collage work on canvas, framed acrylic work on paper, framed intaglio and lino prints on paper. It was great to be able to showcase some of the new techniques I have learnt and to share part of my latest journey as an artist. This journey just keeps getting better. I was overwhelmed with the genuine support and encouragement that I received from family, friends and the people of the Walpole, Denmark and Albany communities. 
We received so much interest in our work throughout the week that it was on show and it certainly made Clive, Jenny, Justine and myself incredibly proud of our achievements. 
Thank You all.