Beach bias on show
ARTIST Julie Silvester has a history with the annual Fine Art at Hale School exhibition.
The Innaloo resident, who has been artistic since she was a child, said she looked forward to bringing her work back to her old stomping ground.
“The first time I exhibited my work there was 20 years ago and I have been doing it on and off since, so I have a history with the exhibition,” she said.
She will exhibit a collection of her pastels of local coastlines.
“I spend hours at the beach walking around and taking photos of the areas, then when I draw them I exaggerate and put my own interpretations into them,” she said. “I try to capture the feeling of being there.
“I might be biased but I travel a lot and I think our local beaches are the best; they are beautiful and pristine”
Silvester, who has more than 100 awards under her belt for her art, also shares a long history with the Perth coastline.
“In 1979 I designed the Trigg Surf Club logo when I was 16 years old,” she said.
Silvester turned to pastels in 1999 and has focused on them since, but has dabbled in acrylics and oil for the last four years. “I love art; I have said before that it is the best drug I have ever had,” she said.
The exhibition returns this year with a fresh intake of new painters and jewellers, as well as the return of popular local artists.
New notable WA artists include senior painter Marie Hobbs, printmaker Helen Clarke and sculptor Angela McHarrie.
Hale art curator Sandra Murray said there would be a diverse range of subjects and styles on display.