Creativity and collaboration reign supreme in a new exhibition at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM).
Entente is the French word for “a happy collaboration” and proves to be the perfect name for this latest show.
A partnership between 11 local artists, the exhibition shows how alternative views and ideas can stimulate creativity across a range of mediums including print, photography, ceramics, textiles and mixed media.
Contemporary artists Lyn Nixon, Judy Evans, Dawn Hodgkinson, Gayle Burkey, Bill Rigg, Karl Misarz, Llynne Neil, Jo Woods, Helen Coleman, Debra Petit and Isobel Edward-Moon can be found sharing ideas and creating their works on Wednesday mornings at the gallery.
The end results are exciting, with some of the artists experimenting with a range of print processes including etching, linocuts, silkscreen, collograph and solvent transfers.
Other artists work with clay, textiles, artists books, eco dying and poetry.
Mandurah mixed media artist Helen Coleman is currently an artist in residence at CASM, where she is combining her background in botany and chemistry with a passion for art to explore the eco-dye potential of local native plants.
In her works she uses mostly natural and salvaged materials.
Ceramic artists Dawn Hogkinson and Gayle Bukey work in a pottery group in Barragup to produce unique, contemporary art pieces inspired by the environment.
For more than 10 years, Judy Evans and Bill Rigg have been printmaking, working with collographs, dryoint etching, lino cuts and ink, exploring traditional printmaking methods in a contemporary context.
Lyn Nixon’s work focuses primarily on photography and printmaking, exploring the fragility of existence.
Her work has been selected in international biannual shows in Korea, San Francisco and Hong Kong.
Judy Evans has been a practicing artist for more than four decades, predominately in textiles, and she now focuses on traditional printmaking, inspired by her local environment and people.
The artists hope Entente will demonstrate that anything is possible, and encourage other local artists to join with them in continuing to share and work together to make a more creative and innovative Peel region.
There will be an artist talk and printing demonstration by the artist group on Sunday, July 8 at 2pm.
CASM is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm with Entente on show from June 29 to July 22.
For more information go to artspacesmandurah.com.au