Matthews a favourite with the peo­ple

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

SAM Matthews, a re­spected lo­cal artist well known for her mo­saics, has won the Peo­ple’s Choice Award at the DAB End of Year Ex­hi­bi­tion in 2015, for a print on pa­per.

Ev­ery per­son who vis­ited the DAB gallery in Moss­man dur­ing the two weeks of the ex­hi­bi­tion could vote for the art­work that they thought was the best over­all en­try in the ex­hi­bi­tion. More than 400 votes were recorded.

The an­nual DAB End of Year Ex­hi­bi­tion is held in midDe­cem­ber and pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal artists to show­case their best art­works for 2015.

The stand­out was the art­work ‘Lo­ca­tion’, by Sam Matthews. Sam de­scribed the piece as “a man­grove find­ing a place to take root and make it­self at home, in the best lo­ca­tion. Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion works for plants too, not just real es­tate buy­ers.”

“I have to be or­gan­ised in my job, so I don’t plan my art­work. I want to be spon­ta­neous. It just hap­pens,” said Sam.

This art­work is a col­la­graph print on pa­per. Print­mak­ing is a new area of ex­per­tise for DAB, and there is a core group of print­mak­ers who meet at DAB on Mon­day af­ter­noons to use the print­ing press and so­cialise.

Se­gundo from Moss­man Pic­ture Fram­ing did the fram­ing for the print. “Se­gundo was able to choose ex­actly the right colours in the frame to high­light the print, and it has been de­lib­er­ately off­set in the frame to match the story on the print,” Sam said.

The print was sold on the open­ing night of the ex­hi­bi­tion, snapped up by lo­cal artist, Sue Berthel­son. Sue said “It is a very evoca­tive print, and I am thrilled to hang it on my wall.

Sam is now pre­par­ing her en­try into the Townsville Bi­en­nial Ce­ram­ics Ex­hi­bi­tion, with a study called ‘Sticks and Stones’ based on the story of Adam Goodes.

She re­cently won the ma­jor prize at the last Cairns Bi­en­nial Ce­ram­ics Ex­hi­bi­tion for a ce­ram­ics art­work which Sam de­scribes as “a jel­ly­fish mo­bile with weav­ing el­e­ments in­te­grated into it”.

“Judges like you to think out­side the square,” she said.

“DAB is a great re­source for lo­cals to de­velop their cre­ative side, and learn new skills. It has cer­tainly made a dif­fer­ence to my life,” said Sam.

DAB Stu­dio Gallery will recom­mence classes and half­day work­shops in early Fe­bru­ary in a wide range of ar­eas, in­clud­ing mo­saics, acrylic paint­ing, bas­ket weav­ing and pot­tery.

Sam Matthews, mo­saic artist

Sam Matthews’ “Lo­ca­tion”

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