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Wagait Beach (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Cox Peninsula (N.T.) -- Periodicals

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Anna Greer

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Wagait Beach


v. 12 no. 10

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The Wagaitear, October 2013 7 BY ALISON EDWARDS Friday September 6th 2013 saw Wagait Beach Super market courtyard transformed into a contemporary art gallery and community celebration space. Unsurprisingly, Wagait Beach and Belyuen community are home to an impressive array of artists and performers. Bronze sculpture, fibre art, fired stoneware clay mixed with paper fibre, glass art jewellery, screen-printed fabric, digital photograph As the light faded, spot lit artworks took on new dimensions and encouraged people to walk through the gallery for a second or third (or fourth) gaze at the remarkably diverse artworks displayed. Oils and acrylics on canvas, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, oil and acrylics on canvas board, acrylic on arches paper, acrylic on paper Belly dancers spinning in the evening twilight shared the stage with young and older performers entertaining the crowd of people local and from afar. Mosaic tile on plywood, mosaic tile on recycled furniture, glass mosaic triptych, wood carving acrylic on milkwood, beaded necklace The prelude to the opening night, young people shared their stories and artistry skills at a graffiti workshop, producing an impressive collection of young peoples art for sale on opening night and throughout the weekend. Gouache on paper, spray paint on board, photo print on aluminium, digital print on board, colour drawing, creative embroidery, mixed media collage with 3D etchings Flowing from opening night, the courtyard was home to a well-attended poetry workshop on Sunday morning. Sharing poetry were younger and older, experienced and novices. Maybe poetry readings next time? Saturday and Sunday, guests from near and far made the trip to the Wagait Supermarket gallery to have a small taste of the culture of the peninsula. The inaugural Art Exhibition a resounding success, the organising committee and volunteers earned a well-earned rest from the planning and organising. A huge thanks from our community to the small group who made the inaugural exhibition a success and has community members talking about the next, bigger exhibition! Arty Farty Wagait Artist Group Exhibition The Wagait Artist Group exhibition was a chance for Wagait Beach artists to show their talents, and an opportunity for the community of Wagait Beach to come together and create something significant. I struggle to think of a Wagait Beach event that has had broader community involvement said Chris Chaplin,WAG committee member. The exhibition was held at the back of the supermarket and the resounding response from exhibition goers was positive. The supermarket is the heart of Wagait Beach and it is fitting to have the exhibition here said one Wagait Beach local. Lorraine Gardener was the WAG committee member who braved the original idea. Michelle Burgoine and I talked about it, and we knew there were artists who were interested like Max Bowden and Rick Gosper. I came up with the idea but it was Chris Chaplin who ran with it said Lorraine. There were 25 artists who entered 78 pieces. The number of practising artists in Wagait Beach and Belyuen took many by surprise. I was surprised, I didnt realise that there were so many artists and the diversity of the art said exhibition curator Nena Zanos. When Lorraine was asked if she was surprised she said she wasnt really. I believe there are more out there, and perhaps think that now it has been done once they will join in. The peoples choice award was given to Alison Edwards for her glass mosaic triptic titled Rainforest. Carol Phayer from Art Warehouse was the independent judge and she favoured Max Bowdens piece titled Wagait Beach saying that she could really feel the bush when she looked at it. Carol also acknowledged other artists such as Graham Selwood, Aileen Blyth, Diane Drake, Ally Richmond and Sue Chaplin. When asked if it was a success Nena Zanos said she thought the success of the exhibition would be measured by how many were interested in participating next year. I had a lot of people come up to me on the night saying they would be interested in being a part of it next year. Another positive element for Nena was the support of the community that came on the opening night. There was a great cross section of community who came and that was one of the aims of the whole thing. When asked if she would curate again next year her response was that she would definitely. These are Belyuen Community Government Council enterprises Fuel at city prices! Diesel $1.77 litre Unleaded $1.77 litre telephone: 8978 5078 Open Mon-Fri 8.30 am to 4.30 pm; Sat 9 am to 12 noon. Closed public holidays Fee-free ATM in-store BELYUEN MECHANICAL WORKSHOP For all types of mechanical repairs Open Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4 pm Phone Mark or Peter 8978 5420 Rego checks by appointment only Shenagh Gamble and her son Ned enjoying the art at the WAG exhibition Is there something you want to see in the Wagaitear? Do you know a lot about a topic others would find interesting? The Wagaitear wants to hear from you! Email wagaitear@gmail.com or ring anna 0434 873 995 and have a chat.