CRE­ATIVE ABIL­I­TIES

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Art And Poetry -

ART by peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in­spired by the work of po­ets Aus­tralia-wide will be on dis­play and for sale next month.

River­vale artist Delores Purdy is one of sev­eral lo­cals whose work will be on show as part of the eighth an­nual Cre­ative Con­nec­tions Art and Po­etry Ex­hi­bi­tion.

This year 53 artists have cre­ated one art­work each, while 44 po­ets have writ­ten two poems each.

Vol­un­teer as­sis­tant co-or­di­na­tor Mau­reen Sex­ton said the event al­lowed artists with dis­abil­i­ties and po­ets to work to­gether cre­atively.

“The artists gain so much out of this,” Ms Sex­ton said. “It is a way for them to ex­press them­selves. Most of the artists are non-ver­bal and share their feel­ings and lives.

“And it’s not just any art, it is an ex­hi­bi­tion of paint­ings by dif­fer­ently abled peo­ple in big, bold colours – a mi­cro­cosm of their lives and feel­ings. There are ab­stracts that would en­hance any liv­ing room.

“The paint­ings and poems are for sale, with 90 per cent of the pro­ceeds go­ing to the artists.”

Delores Purdy cre­ated this art­work with in­spi­ra­tion from Perth poet Juli­enne Jusche.

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