Easter Art Exhibition Update: The long-awaited Easter art event returns to Penneshaw in 2018 as promised. The organizing committee is hard at work with preparations, and the official entry form is now available for artists wishing to enter work in the annual Easter exhibition.
One old favourite takes a break, but still so much happening in the Arts over Easter
The traditional “Easter Art Exhibition” at Penneshaw takes a rest in 2017 but for art lovers these Easter Holidays are just as exciting on Kangaroo Island, with venues offering open studios and exhibitions across KI.
For those used to making the annual art lover’s pilgrimage to Kangaroo Island for Easter, the absence of the much-loved Penneshaw event is certainly nothing to worry about. Taking a break from the event in 2017 is just the first and most necessary step toward growing it for the future, and ensuring long-term sustainability.
With another twelve months to prepare, the Kangaroo Island Artists Collective is hard at work with plans for venue improvements, refinements behind the scenes, and a new business strategy for 2018.
When is the next Easter Art Exhibition at Penneshaw?
The Kangaroo Island Artists Collective “Easter Art Exhibition” will return to its home at the Penneshaw Town Hall in 2018. The week-long exhibition will open on Good Friday evening, March 30th, drawing crowds from across the island community and beyond. With a history more than 30 years in the making, this is the most iconic arts event on the Kangaroo Island calendar, and we’re excited to see it back in 2018.
What’s happening on the Kangaroo Island Arts Scene for Easter 2017?
First out of the blocks in this year’s flurry of Easter Art events is Kangaroo Island Gallery in Murray Street, Kingscote.
Throw Away Pick Up is a delightful exhibition of quirky works in 2D 3D and found object, creatively inspired by objects most of us would discard.
Reports from the official opening this last Sunday are wonderful and with such a diverse array of truly unique art, you’ll need to be on the doorstep early if you’re looking to snatch up a favourite piece.
Open 10 am – 5 pm Daily, this smile-inducing exhibition runs through May 7th and will make a perfect first stop for those headed to the island before Easter officially arrives.
Six artists featured in Throw Away Pick Up include John Clements, Prue Coulls, Denise Harding, Peter Hastwell, Wendy Leonhardt – and don’t miss the latest art forms by the inimitable Cath Cantlon in this irresistible group show.
Fine Art Kangaroo Island’s own Easter Art Exhibition is here
At Fine Art Kangaroo Island we will present On the Fringe from the 12th to the 30th April. We are excited to present in the main Gallery a collection of recent works from Jenny Clapson, and ‘Adelaide Fringe’ exhibitors Deborah Sleeman and Quentin Chester.
All three artists have developed their practices inspired by, and in response to the remoteness of Kangaroo Island, and their artwork has a contrasting sensibility and expression.
Jenny Clapson has for the past few months experimented with mixed media printmaking and painting. fascinated with life at a more macro level in the world around her.
Jenny has new works in the moth series as well as recent monotypes and paintings.
Always a talking point among gallery goers, from Fine Art Kangaroo Island to the National Gallery of Australia, news Jenny’s newest work is sure to garner attention.
Quentin Chester’s spectacular large format landscape photography is patiently crafted after wandering the lagoons and coastlines close to his home waiting for that one magical moment when light interplays with the clouds in endless sky, far reaching ocean, or weather worn outcrops. Every moment captured with a depth of field that captivates and conveys his fascination with the majesty of the world around him.
Deb Sleeman’s distinctive sculpture is often paradoxical. Her work combines materials not normally found together and conveys cultural references that are enigmatic and mysterious.
Deb’s major piece Siren connotes a reclining feminine form, but on inspection, the cast glass and bone components suggest far greater depth to this work. “Mythologically The Siren is simultaneously dangerous and compelling, an allegory or symbol for human temptation,” Deb said. “The Siren is often birdlike, said to know both the past and the future, acting independently of man, yet luring him with her irresistible song. It is the enticement of the land to those on the sea, a dangerous place to be.”
Open all Easter weekend except Good Friday why not drop in and see us between 2 – 4 pm on Sunday for some light refreshments and a glass of @Bay of Shoals wine.
Artist in Residence – Meet studio artist Jenny Clapson
Wed 19 April (11am – 2 pm)
Drop into the Gallery to chat to local artist Jenny Clapson about her latest work, and see first-hand some of her tools of the trade and works produced.
Bay of Shoals Kangaroo Island Winery weekend exhibition
Easter Saturday 15th & Easter Sunday 16th April – 11am to 5pm
Bay of Shoals Wines invites you to their 2017 Easter Art Exhibition at Reeves Point. Featuring five different styles of art from five very different artists.
Indiana James’ is well known for his found object sculptures borrowing themes from nature, LD Jenkins’ designer hats are always in high demand, Jan Pengilly is attracting plenty of attention with new directions in interpretive paintings, and Sara Hourez, a new name in art on the island will introduce some brilliantly bold works. The continuing photographic journey of Dean Wiles rounds out the exhibition.
Enjoy live music by Richard Glatz (Sunday only).
A softer approach to Art at Baudin Beach Gallery
KI Artworks Gallery at Baudin Beach has Softly Softly. This Easter-time exhibition features artworks in soft materials by their exhibiting members (think shawls, scarves, hats and more) and artworks made with soft materials (felted pieces and reeds/rushes). Lots of great opportunities to find wearable art for gift giving, or a warm and cosy souvenir of your Easter on Kangaroo Island.
The exhibition opens Good Friday, April 14, from 4pm – 6pm. Drinks and nibbles will be available.
With the Easter Sunday Market at Penneshaw, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Auxiliary running a traditional Easter Street Stall in Kingscote on Thursday April 13th, you’ll find plenty of artful baking to keep your family fueled for trekking the Easter Art Trail too.