Kangaroo Island served up quite a helping of visual artists when Eleanor Scicchitano, Visual Arts Coordinator and Craig Harrison, Manager Artform Development, of Country Arts SA visited recently.
It was quite a whip-round – 30 artists and their works, galleries with the works of many more, and almost 400 kilometres covered in two days. And I got to go with them.
I’ve written about and supported the artists and arts of Kangaroo Island for about 10 years, and I compiled the list of artists to visit.
I thought I knew quite a lot about these artists but now I’ve learned so much more. What a fine range of artists – working in so many media, with so many styles – we have as part of our tiny population of 4500.
So what stood out? A couple of things:
- colour – rich, dense and intense from Ria Byass, Maggie Welz, Rosemary Whitehead and Shep
- natural and natural tones – Indiana James, Dean Fox, Janine Mackintosh and Jenny Clapson.
But there was so much more. I’m sorry I can’t mention them all. Come visit Kangaroo Island to see for yourself.