First Love 2011 was opened by Rosemary Wallace on St Valentine’s Day, Monday February 14 2011. Held at the Forrest Centre Foyer in St Georges Terrace Perth the opening event was attended by approximately 130 guests. Rosemary’s speach highlighted importance of studio time and experimentation. She said it is important for art teachers to continually practice their skills and explore new mediums and techniques, for her it had always been part of professional and personal development.
This annual showcase promoted the creative talent of 35 participating artists with 157 artworks displayed. There was variety of themes and mediums displayed. First Love 2011 included oil, acrylic and aerosol painting, ceramics, sculpture, textile, jewellery, pastels, drawing, photography and collage. The aim of the exhibition was to support art teachers as visual artists. The exhibition gives the members of Art Ed WA a chance to participate in presenting to an audience.
At the opening 10 x 10 cm artworks donated by ArtEdWA members were auctioned by silent bidding. This was a great success with bids being made for most of the 48 works displayed and the highest price for one work reaching $50 (#45 Julie Ferns-Pheasant) almost $800 was raised. Proceeds have been donated to The Princess Margaret Hospital Starlight Foundation. Thank you to all the members who supplied us with their creative canvases.
Presentations of life memberships were awarded to Digby De Bruin and Rosemary Wallace for their support of visual arts education over the past thirty years.
The Exhibition was open to the public weekdays from 8am to 5pm Monday 14 – Friday 25 February.
Art Ed WA would like to congratulate the exhibiting members. A very special thanks to the First Love committee: Ilsa Bennion, Rachel Zimmermann and Rosie O’Keefe, and also the exhibition install team who helped Ilsa, Rosie and Rachel to hang the exhibition on Saturday 12 and to bump out on 26 February: Gen Baker, Von Wiese, Thelma Cluning, Keilo Wise , Michelle Morris, Dionne Garvey and Carmen Stewart.
When images are forwarded we will post them as well.
Following posted on 17 September.