Matthews a favourite with the people
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”