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Geraldton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - Francesca Mann

A Sun­set Beach artist will open up her back­yard to the pub­lic this week­end for her sixth an­nual Art in the Gar­den by the Sea.

Ja­neen Horne’s idyl­lic gar­den over­look­ing the In­dian Ocean is the per­fect back­drop for her vi­brant and eclec­tic art­work, which is of­ten in­spired by the nat­u­ral world around her.

The pub­lic will have a chance to wan­der around Horne’s gar­den on Satur­day when her lat­est solo ex­hi­bi­tion, Whis­per­ing Trees, is of­fi­cially opened. The ex­hi­bi­tion will feature about 40 pieces of Horne’s orig­i­nal gouache and acrylic paint­ings, and resin and mixed-me­dia art­works.

“I have a close con­nec­tion with na­ture from my child­hood and spend­ing time in the New Zealand bush with my fa­ther,” she said.

“I’ve al­ways loved trees and I read an in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle that Stan Ma­ley (Mid­west Times gar­dens colum­nist) wrote about how trees com­mu­ni­cate with each other.

“When I’m in my stu­dio, I love lis­ten­ing to the trees, you can hear them whis­per­ing in the wind. I find them re­ally in­spi­ra­tional.”

Horne’s first Art in the Gar­den by the Sea event was held in 2004 as an op­por­tu­nity to com­bine her three pas­sions — gar­den­ing, na­ture and art.

In­spired by the back­yard ex­hi­bi­tions held fre­quently in her home­land, Horne ditched the con­ven­tional art gallery space and em­braced the great out­doors.

“I used to ex­hibit in gal­leries, but you don’t have a lot of con­trol and they take quite a bit of com­mis­sion,” she said.

“I thought ‘I’ve got a nice gar­den, why don’t I try and have one in my gar­den?’. In New Zealand, they do it quite a bit, so I did one and it was so suc­cess­ful.”

Horne planned to hold the solo ex­hi­bi­tion bi­en­ni­ally but more than three years have passed since the last event. The artist al­ready has plans for her next ex­hi­bi­tion, which will be held in 2020. She has also been named a fi­nal­ist in the 2018 Hed­land Art Awards, with the win­ners to be an­nounced on Fri­day. “It’s pretty ex­cit­ing to be a fi­nal­ist,” she said. “I was a fi­nal­ist last year, so it’s two years in a row — might win it one day!”

Art in the Gar­den by the Sea will be at 53 Vo­lute Street, Sun­set Beach, from 2pm. Live mu­sic will be pro­vided by Sarah O’Mal­ley.

About 40 art pieces by Ja­neen Horne will be on dis­play in her sixth Art in the Gar­den by the Sea solo ex­hi­bi­tion, Whis­per­ing Trees, on Satur­day and Sun­day.

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