Fundraiser strikes a chord

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art - Kristie Lim

WA artist Ra­halie McGuirk will be auc­tion­ing off her art­work at a fundraiser this month.

The 29-year-old will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Cord: Take a Seat event at Perth City Farm on May 28.

The event will raise money for spinal cord in­jury re­search.

McGuirk said she would be decorating six wooden stools for the event.

“The con­cept of the stools is more of a 3-D show­piece of the theme ‘take a seat’, so we were asked to draw or paint an art­work on the top of the stools and on the night they will be dis­played and sold at a set price,” she said.

McGuirk said she started to be more ac­tive around the lo­cal art scene.

“I’ve ex­per­i­mented with var­i­ous art forms over the years, but it’s only been over the past 18 months that I made a de­cided push to make it more of a liv­ing than a hobby,” she said.

“Venues like Lit­tle Wing Cor­ner Gallery in Su­bi­aco re­ally sup­port lo­cal artists and mu­si­cians and pro­vide a great plat­form for net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

She said she re­cently painted a cat mu­ral in West Leed­erville.

“My cur­rent fo­cus is on paint­ing and mu­ral work and I al­ways unite a con­fi­dent ap­pli­ca­tion of line with con­sid­ered colour choices,” she said.

When asked about her fu­ture goals, she said she wanted to con­tinue do­ing art.

“I guess ideally it would be to make a liv­ing from do­ing what I love – paint­ing com­mis­sions, mu­rals and teach­ing, but as long as I’m cre­at­ing in some form I’m happy,” she said.

“I’d love to teach work­shops in my own stu­dio at some point soon.

“It’s re­fresh­ing to see stu­dents grow con­fi­dence and ini­tia­tive within their own artis­tic prac­tice.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, search The Vel­veteen Rab­bit Art on Face­book.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d453750

Ra­halie McGuirk will put up her art­work for char­ity at the Cord Fundraiser on May 28.

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