Residents rise to SALA occasion – Helping Hand

Residents rise to SALA occasion

Visual art created by Helping Hand North Adelaide residents will grace the walls of the Buxton Street care home for the month of August as part of the 20th South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival.

Featuring a combination of first-time artists with established makers, the SALA exhibition is the culmination of eight months of Art Group, which meets every Wednesday under the volunteer tutelage of contemporary artist Cassie Thring.

Len Harvey, who has painted landscapes for thirty years, attempted his first portrait at Art Group. His work ‘Jim’ won the Outsider Art Award at the SALA Awards.

‘That really put the wind in my sails,’ he says. ‘Doing Jim has got me fired up to paint again.’

Len has revisited an unfinished landscape since joining Art Group: ‘I owe a lot to Cassie for her encouragement,’ he says.

A wall nearby the café is lined with portraits by Verna Risely for the exhibition. The power of Art Group is evident: ‘I can’t stop smiling today. When I’m drawing I’m singing in my head and I feel like my pencil is dancing.’

Seven artists who are part of Art Group have created 39 pieces for the Young At Art exhibition which is open to the public daily throughout August following an internal official opening on Friday 28 July.

‘We often see late flowering of talent when people have the time and the inclination to reflect,’ says Helping Hand CEO Ian Hardy. ‘For the very old person, having fewer distractions can lead to greater fulfillment in the creation of the work and in the work they produce.’

The Helping Hand Young At Art SALA Exhibition is open to the public:
Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
1 – 31 August 2017
49 Buxton Street, North Adelaide


Len Harvey with his wife Jean and daughter Jenny

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