Rare works dis­played

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Carlisle South Perth -

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.

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