Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide : Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide
tourkangarooisland.com.au 34 THe ARTS Kangaroo Island is an inspiring place for an artist, many moved by its beauty, its soulful landscapes, its sweeping seascapes and the extraordinary meeting of people and nature. The result is a thriving visual arts culture, with an estimated 10 per cent of the Island’s population engaged in different art forms. In the past decade, Kangaroo Island has earned a reputation for producing both unique and high-quality artwork, with many artists enjoying national and international acclaim. For instance, landscape painter Diana Keir creates interpretive and symbolic landscapes, inspired by the ‘scope and timeless nature of Kangaroo Island’s horizons where the narrow leaf mallee meets the sea or disappears into the deep bushland’ . For ceramicist Mark Capon, the Island provides him with the lifestyle opportunity to create ‘delicate objects in a perverse and unpredictable medium’ in his home studio. exhibition spaces and outlets Discover one of the 12 galleries, studios and spaces across the Island where artisans work their craft. These are the places to view paintings, drawings, print making, photography, sculpture, jewellery, pottery, ceramics, textiles, hot glass work, leadlight Installation and public art Scattered across the Island are plenty of spots to admire the public works of local artists, including the Mary Beckwith sculpture at Baudin Beach boat ramp by Deb Sleeman, Trevor Wren’s flagpole at Reeves Point, Indiana James’ Contemplation Seat adjacent to Frenchman’s Rock, Dave Clark’s Glossy Black Cockatoos at Penneshaw campus wall, stonemason Thomas Appleby’s gateway work at the four town entrances and Shep’s striking mural at the Rockpool Café, Stokes Bay. and wood turning. Meet the people who paint, the people who make pottery, the people who sculpt and weave; and take a piece of Kangaroo Island home with you. Painter Jenny Clapson Annual events For artists, art lovers or just interested on-lookers, the Penneshaw Easter Art Exhibition is well worth a look. The quality of the work, the variety of the mediums used and the passion of the artists is proudly on show, with plenty of opportunities for you to buy a piece to take home with you. Spring on the Island is full of colour and life – not just the wildflowers. Kangaroo Island Art Feast brings a new dimension to spring, celebrating local art, and food and wine across 10 full days of events and exhibitions. Throw yourself into the mix at more than 30 venues across the Island from 28 September to 7 October 2012.