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Art Life

Art Life

Plenty of Space to

satisfy your creativity

Sydney Art Space at Mona

Vale has linked with The

Manly Arts Festival to offer a

variety of interesting events

and workshops in September.

First up there’s the ‘From

Trash to Treasure’ weaving

workshop which will be held

on site at the Space at 64

Darley St on Sunday 17th from

1-5pm.

An experimental sound and

drawing night – ‘Sonic Moves

IV’ – will be held underground

at Newport’s Kave Bar on

Wednesday 20th from 6-10pm.

Set aside the evening of

Friday 22nd – SAS convenor

Christine Simpson will stage

her ‘Noise Pagoda: Recent

Works on Paper’ art exhibition

and fundraiser for the

upcoming Newport Sculpture

Trailblazers 2017; venue is the

Kave Bar from 5.30-8pm.

Live Painting Performances

will be held on Sat 23rd in the

BWS Arcade at Newport from

1-4pm.

The arcade will also be

the location for two Mural

Painting Workshops for kids.

The first one on Sunday 24th,

for kids aged 7-13, will be for

drawing and painting; it will

be followed by a drawing and

stencilling workshop for ages

14-18 on Sunday October 1.

Plus, the Sydney Art Space

School Holiday Art Program

is now up on their website

sydneyartspace.com, with all

sorts of creative experiences

for all ages.

Places are limited and bookings

essential; more info 0402

532 957 or email info@sydneyartspace

– Lisa Offord

Mia celebrates her

‘coastal aquarium’

ellyfish are

“Jmy organised

chaos,” says artist

Mia McLean with a

laugh, “they are my

playful, favourite

subject matter.”

‘Spindrift’ – a

collection of Mia’s

works drawing

inspiration from

the coastline and

waterways that

form her Australian

‘backyard’ – opens

at Re:Publik Café at

Ettalong Beach this

month, exhibiting

through to early

November.

Delicate

seahorses and the

floating tentacles of jellyfish are beautifully captured by Mia in

watercolour and multimedia on canvas.

Mia explained she travelled across Australia for nearly 12

months to beautifully capture ‘our backyard’, as she refers to

her paintings.

“We camped along the way, setting up market stalls and

selling watercolour originals of varying seascapes, all the time

drawing inspiration from the surroundings,” she said.

“My work is an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ take on realism, with

the colours and the placement slightly warping the truth.

“The Re:Publik Café exhibition is a celebration of the tranquil

beauty that exists in our own coastal aquarium.”

Amid the underwater ‘chaos’, Mia says whales were also a

favourite, representing ultimate calm and the solitude of the

deep.

Café owner Catherine McDonald said she was delighted to

help support the local arts scene.

“We do not take a commission on any sales and purely

support the artists and their works,” she said.

“The café walls become their space to show the art they

choose. With more artists signed up, our art schedule now

extends until the 2018 – it’s very exciting.” – Nigel Wall

36 SEPTEMBER 2017

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