DAB show a look at the year in art
THE Douglas Art Base (DAB) opened its End of Year Exhibition on Friday night, and the range and quality of works is impressive.
The exhibition showcases the variety of media taught and promoted at DAB and includes watercolour, oils and acrylic paintings, pottery, glass work, felting, mosaics and jewellery.
The function, attended by more than 60 members and guests, highlighted the interest and participation of beginners to professional artists.
“We are fortunate to have many expert tutors involved with DAB and we hold formal lessons in an array of media to casual sessions and workshops where the focus is fun,” president of DAB, Ms Liz Showniruk, said, “and we have been very pleased to have two new tutors join us this year.
The exhibition represents the members’ work over the past 12 months.
Ms Leanne Emmitt is a practising local artist who had specialised in drawing and portrait painting, and has recently turned her talents to glass slumping and fusing.
“The translation of the techniques I have accumulated to a new medium, to give a completely different and unexpected outcome, is really exciting,” Leanne said.
A variety of printmaking techniques are also taught at DAB and tutor Judith Corrig- han said she has given classes in linocut and etching, however hopes to expand on this next year.
“I am very keen on teaching the Japanese style of woodcut printing,” she said.
The Peter Cully Award is an annual honour given to the painter or sculptor who has shown outstanding commitment and improvement. This year the award was presented to Ms Mandy Ryan.
Mandy said that she was surprised and thrilled to receive the award and expressed her enthusiasm for DAB and the pursuit of her artistic interests.
A People’s Choice Award is also given each year. The votes are collected from visitors to the End of Year Exhibition.
The President announced that the program for exhibitions and courses will be available in January and predicted it will be another busy and productive year.
“We at DAB have something to offer everyone and the variety of works on display is testimony to that,” Liz said.
“Many of the pieces are for sale, and with prices starting from $20 it is a great opportunity to buy original, local gifts for Christmas.”
The exhibition is open 10am to 2pm Monday to Saturday until December 17.
Jennifer Foster-Hamilton with her work 'Daydreamer'
Mandy Ryan and her 'Garden Totem Pole'