Since 2017 Arts Alive Creative Arts School challenged local artists to participate in an annual exhibition with a theme they had to respond to and a specific artboard or canvas to work in.
Artists could work in any medium and genre, involving drawing, painting, textiles, photography, collage or any combination of styles. The only restriction is that they cannot extend their artwork outside the timber artboards.
In the first year of this challenge, the theme was ‘Ipswich on a Palette’ and the surface to work on was a timber artists palette. Since then, artists worked in ‘Black and White’, depicted ‘The Ipswich Garden’, shown off ‘Pets’ and last year they responded to the title ‘Bird noun’ finding an artistic definition of the word ‘Bird’.
This year 38 artists are creating a wide range of artworks in response to the evocative title of ‘Something Fruity’. The timber artboards they will be working on are 25 x 25cm x 3.5cm.
The curator of this exhibition is local artist and arts teacher Lorraine Kitching.
The Director of Arts Alive Creative Arts School, Suzanne Matulich says “Most of the works will be for sale but don’t delay in deciding which ones to buy, as over 70% of all works for sale are usually sold on opening night!”
The exhibition opens at the Arts Alive studios at 5 Jacaranda Street, East Ipswich on Friday, July 1, (6pm-8pm) and everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
Drinks and nibbles are provided and you can meet most of the participating artists.
The exhibition continues that weekend (July 2-3) from 10am to 2pm.
Artworks will stay on display during the Winter Creative holiday arts workshops for Teens and Adults and Young Artists from July 4-7 (9.30am-11am) and most evenings (6pm-8pm).
For more information about Something Fruity or Arts Alive Creative Arts School or the Winter Creative holiday arts programs, check out the website www.artsalive.com.au or contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org