Beach bias on show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

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.

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