Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BIG Project a BIG Success!

There is no doubt that the recent BIG Project exhibited in the Ravensthorpe Town Hall was a BIG success!  The project, initiated by the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council, saw 12 BIG (Bold, Imaginative, Generous) local artists answer the call to paint a large (1.8x1.2m) canvas on the theme of local wildflowers.  The whole idea behind the project was to celebrate, promote and raise the profile of our local talent whilst at the same time showcasing our diverse and unique local flora.

As with all BIG ideas the project was not without hiccups!  Half of the canvases arrived damaged…which meant that artists had even less time to complete a finished work whilst they waited for replacements to arrive.  Each artist of course also had to then negotiate painting around busy lives in order to get the work completed whilst the RRAC madly organised the Facebook page, auction, official launch, and marketing and exhibition roster.  It was a BIG Project for all!

For the 615 people who came to view the exhibition over the Wildflower Show, not to mention the 162 guests at the Wildflower Show Gala Dinner, the end result was nothing short of spectacular!  The artists produced quality artworks that filled the hall and provided an amazing back drop to the Wildflower Show Gala dinner.  Of the 12 paintings completed, 10 were auctioned off successfully to generous bidders.  Apart from retaining the initial cost of the canvases, $90, the individual artists will be receiving all proceeds from their sales.

If you missed out on winning the bids for your favourite painting, why not make the most of having such talented neighbours and approach the artist to request a commissioned work? 

Artists biographies and more details about the auction results can be found on the BIG Project Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BIGARTproject
"Banksia" by Kaye Brouwer

"Bush Flowers" by Carolyn Gillies-Gray

"Viewing West" by Bryce Morgan

"Dibbler" by Sarah McKie

"Fitzgerald Park" by Brenda Caelli

"Gift of Spring" by Richenda Goldfinch

"Qualup Bells" by Kerry Dickinson

"Moolyall" by Jen Chambers

"Revealing the Secretive Chrystal Helmet Orchid" by Beryl Semple

"Dryandra" by Lynnell Belli

"Gun Blossom Parade" by Leonie de Haas

"Extinction Vortex" by Shirl Sutherland

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