Rare works displayed
ONE of South Perth’s most famous residents, author and artist May Gibbs, is best known as the creator of the famous children’s book Snuggle pot and Cuddle pie, but her work prior to her years as an international sensation have largely gone unseen.
That is why the South Perth Historical Society has gathered a collection of Gibbs’s rare books, paintings and memorabilia as part of the South Perth Fiesta celebrations. The exhibition, called ‘Mamie,’ is now showing at Heritage House Gallery and Cultural Centre on Mill Point Road.
Many of these works are on display for the first time.
Gibbs demonstrated artistic talent from an early age, creating illustrations and caricatures for local newspapers and magazines.
It was not until she turned 15 that she won first prize in the prestigious Western Australian Wild- flowers Exhibition in Perth and her career blossomed from there.
‘Mamie’ shows her transformation from budding artist to internationally acclaimed author. Some of the works include portraits of South Perth residents.
■ The gallery is open daily from 10am-4pm until March 22 and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm from March 27.
May Gibbs remains an Australian favourite.