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Down To The City

‘Down to the City’ is the title of T Brian Aylward’s latest exhibition which opens at the Tresillian Community Centre in Nedlands, Western Australia on Friday 2nd May 2014 at 6pm.

Down to the City - Brian Aylward

Down to the City – Brian Aylward

Brian works with most media but is possibly better known for his beautiful pastel works.  You can find out more about Brian on his website here but better still – treat yourself and go along to the exhibition if you’re lucky enough to live in this part of the world!

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Helen

We shipped!

Us three late bloomers put our work ‘out there’ for the public so in Steve Job’s terms we have shipped and so are for real!

Three late bloomers

A Painter, A Potter and A Sewer

The first Open Studio Day at Balligar was like a long party that started on Saturday evening with the arrival of two of our helpers and ended with another two helpers leaving on Monday morning, with well over 50 people joining in the fun in between!

There was plenty to see from my tree, people, baby and dog portraits:

Charcoal and Coloured Pencil Portraits of Dogs

Dog Portraits by Helen

to my watercolour wildflower paintings;

Pen and Watercolour

Yellow Eyed Flame Pea – by Helen Lock

to my acrylic paintings with Brenda’s pottery;

Pottery and acrylic paintings

Brenda’s Pottery Under Helen’s Paintings

to Brenda’s pottery with Michele’s quilts;

Pottery and Quilts

Brenda’s Balls with Michele’s Quilt

to all sorts of creations by Michele;

Michele with her creations and interested visitors

Michele with her creations and interested visitors

to art by son Leo;

 

Pencil on canvas

Closing Out – by Leo Tharby

and the bears from Puffles and Honey Adventures!

Puffles and Honey Adventures

Honey and Isabelle

See more of the bear’s visit, which included transforming fresh laid eggs into chocolate ones much to the delight of our youngest visitors, here.

If anyone is considering holding a similar event:

  • It was worth the huge effort!
  • We met lots of lovely people.
  • We gained confidence in showing our work.
  • We were able to advertise our event for free.
  • We enjoyed a whole day with members of my family who were our helpers
  • We needed all five of our wonderful helpers on the day!

So a big thank you to our helpers:  Kate who greeted people and provided a parking valet service when our parking area got congested; Louise who also greeted people and did a great job as a ‘social butterfly’ helping people and putting them at ease; Ed who was our official photographer and made sure the spirit of the day was captured; Leo who also put his work ‘out there’ and was my cashier for sales of many bookmarks, cards and small prints, and my dear husband Greg who kept everyone hydrated and fed and was totally supportive in us turning our home into a public exhibit!

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Helen

Balligar Open Studio Day!

To reiterate Steve Jobs‘Real artists ship!’

Now you have the opportunity to see if I and two creative friends, Brenda Faithful and Michele Caddies, are real.  We’re holding the first open studio day at Balligar on Sunday April 6th 11am – 5pm.

Balligart Open Studio 140406 Flyer v0.2

Brenda is an experienced potter who honed her skills under the expert eye of Greg Crowe.  Brenda likes to make functional pots that are also loved.  She mostly uses white stoneware clay, which is modeled on a wheel or by hand.  Brenda makes her own glazes and uses an electric kiln.  Here are some pots waiting to be fired:

Michele  is a very productive sewer in her spare time.  She focuses on quilts and home furnishings – from functional doorstops to romantic garlands and everything in between!  All beautifully finished.

You can see more about Michele and her creations at Michele Sews.

As for me, I think my About page says enough!
We look forward to meeting those of you who make it to our first open day.  Here’s how you can find us in Mount Helena, Western Australia:

Balligart Open Studio 140406 Flyer v0.2 Back Page

Feeling cobblywobbly,
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Helen