Monday, October 22, 2012


'In My Cupboard' - Anne Walmsley and 'Luminosity' - Alana McVeigh

I forgot to mention that I was out last week at the opening of this exhibition at Emerge in Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley.  An exhibition of Anne Walmsley's paintings and Alana McVeigh's Ceramics.  Very different media and styles and yet they sat well together in this lovely simple gallery.  I took a gal pal whom I know to be a bit of a collector with a really good eye - and yes, there were lots of sales that night.  Anne's works are a large series of vignettes of her kitchen cupboards which house the loveliest collection of china plates, bowls and cups you could wish for.  She told me that she usually works in installation art but it was pretty clear that her paintings were immensely popular - plenty of red dots for both artists on opening night.  I think that top image is the one I bought, if you read this blog often you'll know why.  I'm not very disciplined in galleries - and proud of it.

I was there to see Alana McVeigh's work, a consequence of her trip to Medalta in Canada and her immersion in that mountainous and snowy environment and the dazzling light therein, shows clear evidence of much time spent with soda firing potters there.  Soda fired porcelain, rich grey orange peel surfaces and hot orange flashes, fabulous stuff!!  I really enjoy such strong contrast  and this had it for me.  She was offered a place at Medalta International Artist's Residency in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada where she presented a public lecture on her PhD research and spent April and May working with senior artist in resident, Les Manning, director Aaron Nelson and 11 international artists.  Alana immersed in a Ph.D and this is likely to be her last exhibition of such work for a good while.  Definitely worth a look!  I've known Alana for years, we don't live far from each other, and often bump into her in the local supermarket - there's always time for a quick catch up and mutual encouragement, but it is really good to see the work in the flesh after all our chats.  I like this new direction.  I met Stewart Scambler top wood firer in the Post Office today while I was on the way to see Sandra Black porcelain goddess, funny small pottery driven world that I live in.

All photos in this post are from the website of Emerge Gallery, Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley Perth.  

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