Float­ing an idea for art

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

THE Pad­dle Steamer De­coy will be the unique lo­ca­tion for 15 Perth artists to show­case their work.

The art ex­hi­bi­tion opened on June 16 and runs un­til Fri­day on what is be­lieved to be the only com­mer­cial pad­dle steamer in WA.

At­tadale artist Lynne Ab­shar said the ex­hi­bi­tion came about af­ter an idea to hold one in a unique lo­ca­tion.

“We thought it was a good art space so we sug­gested it to the own­ers” she said. “It’s a bit of an un­usual lo­ca­tion but it has the right feel and we are all so ex­cited about it.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture mainly acrylic art­work but there is some ink work too.

“We have con­nected through the Fre­man­tle Art Cen­tre, where we paint to­gether. We are hop­ing when peo­ple get off and on at the Mends Street Jetty that they come in and have a look.

“I be­lieve it’s the first time that they’ve had an art ex­hi­bi­tion on the Pad­dle Steamer De­coy.”

The Pad­dle Steamer De­coy was built in Fre­man­tle in 1986 as a replica of the orig­i­nal pad­dle steamer that op­er­ated on the Swan River in the early 1900s.

It is pow­ered by a steam en­gine from 1905 that was sal­vaged and re­stored.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470199

Artists (from left) Mugurel Bar­bulescu with his work Mas­quer­ade, Kat Hitchins (Aqua Chaos), Jac­que­line Pen­ton (Knowoneis­per­fect) and Lynne Ad­shar (Snow Do­nia) pos­ing next to the Pad­dle Steamer De­coy.

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