Posted by carolom on November 3, 2010
It was a small launch at La Caz Creole Cafe / Restaurant @ 61 Semaphore Road.
The sun was shining and the Cafe was brimming with good food, great art and the Artists themselves – a great privilege for all of us who were there!
It was great to see people purchasing the Art work, one piece in particular is a traditional story that the Artist Andrea shared with me in great detail. Thank you Andrea and for allowing me to take a photo before it was taken down and rolled up to be taken to the police-car by the officer who came along with some of his colleagues. He was thrilled with his purchase and both were very happy with the transaction.
I was especially interested in the central object with the white feathering . Andrea told me that is a ceremonial stick with Cockatoo feathers. She laughed when I asked if that was a Turtle just below the central circles (so would you if you know how far their Country is from the sea) …
You can see there is a huge variety of canvases…each one with its own Story and amazing blend of colours, brush strokes and traditional forms…
The unique style of blending traditional dot work so skillfully with the large ‘comma’ shaped stroke takes such skill and precision. The colours on this one invokes of all of the elements. Yuendumu country is Desert country and the Artist how us that there is fare more to the Desert Country than the rest of us could ever know…
The variety of Art for sale is extraordinary and as pieces are sold, new pieces will be put up on the walls…so make a few visits.
If you are an over seas person who is interested in Aboriginal Art, get in touch with the Yuendumu representatives and discuss the possibility of an on line purchase. All money goes directly to the Artists.
It would be wonderful if this positive, amazingly talented group of Artists receive wide spread recognition for their highly skilled work and vast knowledge of their Country and the Stories that few people over seas - and in this country – are familiar with…
As I mentioned at the start of this story, I was very surprised that these highly skilled canvases are for sale at such an outrageously reasonable price and I’d like to suggest if you do purchase a piece, you consider the on-going support of the Yuendumu Artists and invest in their work as it becomes available…
This piece was also sold almost before it was hung, the gold paint blending in with traditional colours made this piece glow!
The person who purchased this rich piece could have their heating bills reduced I’m sure!….
So if you have the opportunity, get along to la Caz Creole Cafe @ 61 Semaphore Road. Have a coffee and immerse yourself in the fantastic work of the Artists who belong to the oldest living culture in the world and are so generously sharing their magnificent work with the people of Adelaide…and beyond.
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Posted by carolom on March 8, 2009
My Mum came around the other day to paint the button beads we had made for a top she has knitted.
The beads are inspired by regular buttons and we are also making necklaces from them:
…we enjoyed spending time painting them, making a mess, ruining a couple …and talking…
Something happens when you sit and create together…stories begin to flow and memories are remembered as the peaceful, alpha-wave state of creativity inspires the busy mind to slow down … it is a form of open eyed meditation…
Mum was telling me stories from her childhood during the second world war in England. Educated by Nuns who had little time or tolerance for the self indulgence of ‘art’ and ‘creativity’…Mum drew me an image of the only avenue there was for creative expression…to copy a pattern within a pre-existing grid!
Thankfully Mum was able to live a creative life in spite of the repression of teachers viewing creativity close to sinful, artistic passion as selfish indulgence and individuality as yet another flaw in an already suspect Soul.
My two sisters and I are blessed to have both parents alive and well, married 52 years this year…and we are equally blessed beyond measure that our Mother did not lost her creative self in the shaming and vilifying atmosphere of an institution that today is having to face its many flaws and past errors.
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Posted by carolom on November 20, 2008
They say that you are living your passion if you answer ”Yes!” to the question…“Would you still do the work that you do if you were rich enough not to have to work at all?”….My answer is “Yes indeedy-do!!”…I’d just drive a different car to the venue!
To spend time creating Personal Development art with Women who are walking through journeys of change, healing and Creating New Dreams…is such a privilege……and a whole lotta fun!
Here are a few images from our 5-week “Don’t Worry- Bead Happy ART of Change program 2…
We begin with a formless lump of air-drying clay, thinking about what we would like to create in our life…how things would look and feel in the ‘ideal’ world. We roll and twist and shape and from beads and add a pendant that defines the shape of things to come…
By week 5 have created our own Vision jewellery with our own unique fingerprints pressed into the clay…completing the process by spraying the beads with gloss sealer and hanging them in the afternoon sun to dry.
Rolling the beads is a form of meditation, very relaxing and as the process gets under way, the brain waves relax into the alpha rhythms as the rhythmic, repetitive actions slow down the busy mind chatter and return one to a more centered, present moment focus. It is a very enjoyable, highly effective way for people with mental health issues, stress, anxiety and depression to creatively activate a different ‘state’ and access positive creativity over the negative forms of creating thoughts that are anxiety, stress related images.
We think about color and form once the beads are made…. with relaxing music in the background and conversations around change, personal development and creating the life we want by over coming past patterns and limitations our learning and sharing is focused on the “How” of change not just the reasons ‘why’…and all what has happened in the troubled past…
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Posted by carolom on August 16, 2008
Winner … Makinti Napanangka (AAP: Paul Exline)
An artist from the Kintore community west of Alice Springs has won the country’s richest Indigenous art prize.
The winners of this year’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award were announced at the Museum and Art Gallery in Darwin last night.
Thousands of people converged on the gallery to celebrate the award’s 25th anniversary.
Makinti Napanangka from Kintore won the top $40,000 prize for her painting on linen.
The $4,000 general painting award went to Doreen Reid Nakamarra from Western Australia for her painting about a rockhole.
Last year’s top award winner Dennis Nona from the Torres Strait Islands won the Works on Paper prize.
More than 300 art works were entered in this year’s award and around 100 pieces which made the final cut are on display at the Museum and Art Gallery in Darwin until October.
Hetti Perkins from the Art Gallery of New South Wales helped judge this year’s collection.
Ms Perkins says the winning painting has a lot in common with the artist.
“It’s very dynamic and charismatic and I have to say that she, from what I know about her, Makinti is very like that,” she said.
“She’s quite elderly now but I think her enthusiasm for art making remains undiluted.”
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Posted by carolom on July 16, 2008
Here are three gorgeous gals who caught up with one another during the NAIDOC march and Family day on the banks of the River Torrens.
Katrina Power, Pilwauk White and Jo Rigney…
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Posted by carolom on May 4, 2008
Some time last year Sal mentioned that as I had commandeered the best end of the couch, I had the table and the lamp and he would really like somewhere to rest his cuppa too!
So as per the no-such-thing-as-coincidence by coincidence the very next day I came across one of those craft-kit tables in a second hand store for less than a cup of tea and pkt of biscuits.
I painted it in a colour to match the very-comfy-new-couch-with-the-swing-out-recliner-at-each-end and never got past doing the first coat of the design….
What better way to spend easter than painting in my outdoor studio on the egg-shaped template, completing the process begun over a year ago….after all Easter is all about endings and beginnings…
Here is the table from half done to complete…
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