Friends in the frame


Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Tanya MacNaughto­n

A NORTH Fre­man­tle artist and friends will cel­e­brate their artis­tic di­ver­sity in a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Moores Build­ing Con­tem­po­rary Art Gallery.

EV­ERY artist starts with an empty pal­ette, where their artis­tic in­di­vid­u­al­ity is re­flected in colour se­lec­tion, dif­fer­ing tech­niques and imag­i­na­tion.

Lo­cal artists Mia Laing, Jan Brown and Ali­cia Gorey will cel­e­brate their di­ver­sity in joint ex­hi­bi­tion Three Pal­ettes at Moore’s Build­ing Con­tem­po­rary Art Gallery from April 1 to 17.

Laing said her in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy in­spired her re­al­is­tic fig­u­ra­tive work, which was in­flu­enced by the sun-drenched beauty of the WA life­style.

“Jan’s artis­tic style is im­pres­sion­ist works of bal­let and dance, of­ten com­pleted with a pal­ette knife and im­pasto ef­fects,” Laing said.

“Ali­cia, a strong and com­pe­tent award-win­ning por­trait artist, has cho­sen to paint the ‘Faces of Fre­man­tle’ as her theme.”

The trio met at The Clare­mont School of Art and when it closed three years ago, re­alised they were at a cross­road in their painting jour­ney.

It was de­cided a com­bined ex­hi­bi­tion was the per­fect step and a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion.

“We se­lected The Moore’s Build­ing Con­tem­po­rary Art Gallery for its ac­ces­si­bil­ity to emerg­ing artists,” Laing said.

“It has an 18-month wait­ing list for exhibition­s, so it was the right amount of time for each of us to col­late a strong body of work.”

Laing said plan­ning Three Pal­ettes had high­lighted the short­age of com­mu­nity-based ex­hi­bi­tion venues open to pro­fes­sional and emerg­ing artists, a prob­lem that will be al­le­vi­ated when The Goods Shed, run by in­de­pen­dent, not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion FORM, opens in Clare­mont later this year.

“The Goods Shed is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a his­toric trans­for­ma­tion and will be an art gallery, artist-in-res­i­dence stu­dio, work­place, cafe and gar­den,” Laing said.

“It will bring a much­needed cre­ative en­ergy and buzz back to Clare­mont and its sur­round­ing com­mu­nity, which has been lost since the clo­sure of The Clare­mont School of Arts in 2013.

Three Pal­ettes will of­fi­cially open at 6pm on Fri­day, April 1, with the gallery open 10am to 4pm daily.

Artists Jan Brown, Ali­cia Gorey and Mia Laing are hold­ing a joint ex­hi­bi­tion.

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