Drawn closer by show

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

A CHANCE to show­case the old and the new Spear­wood with her men­tor and fa­ther was enough rea­son for Shan­nah Mitchell to take part in the City of Cock­burn’s Show Off 14 Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Shan­nah and fa­ther Larry are among eight fam­ily pair­ings of the 64 in­vited ex­hibitors and 150 works that will be on dis­play at the ex­hi­bi­tion at Me­mo­rial Hall from April 14.

Ms Mitchell, who grew up in the area, said she was ex­cited to ex­hibit with her fa­ther, a long­time painter and Spear­wood lo­cal.

“Dad’s were painted at the time de­pict­ing old Spear­wood and he pulled them out and I’ve painted con­struc­tion sites and de­vel­op­ment of to­day,” she said.

“I’m at­tracted to that grungy type ur­ban­ist style, but what made me want to do this area is be­cause it’s where I grew up.

“I see what used to be there and I re­mem­ber grow­ing up there and my friends were Euro­pean and they had the mar­ket gar­dens and I sense some sense of loss for what was there.”

The 39-year-old mother of three said tak­ing part in the ex­hi­bi­tion was a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence for the duo who were able to spend time to­gether, con­nect and rem­i­nisce about the past. “I love that area,” she said. “Aes­thet­i­cally, when I was trav­el­ling through Europe in my 20s there was some­thing that re­minded me of home.

“I’ve al­ways thought it was beau­ti­ful and there’s noth­ing wrong with de­vel­op­ment but I al­ways feel nos­tal­gic about the area.

“It’s nice to be con­nected to my dad in that kind of way and grow­ing up you didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate his help, which is so silly.

“He has spent a whole life­time work­ing in this medium and now I’m con­stantly there ask­ing for his help and for this all to come to­gether is just so spe­cial.”

The Mitchells will be joined by Nis and Danika Wichter­mann, Tif­fany and Mi­gara Ra­manayke, Ge­orge Haynes and Jane Martin, Jon De­naro and Bec Ju­niper, Terry Stone and Frances Myshell, Trevor and Ruth Vick­ers and Miles Car­pen­ter and Carol Richards.

Most of the works will be for sale.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d481246

Artists Larry Mitchell and daugh­ter Shan­nah Mitchell.

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