Helping Hand is creating powerful statements about its residents through an art installation.
The aged care provider’s North Adelaide care home is hosting a showcase during August and September as part of the annual South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival.
The exhibition, titled ‘Confluence’, features drawings, watercolour and oil paintings created by five residents from the organisation’s art class.
Each piece was originally painted or drawn on a small card ranging in size, with the smallest piece measuring 7cm x 10cm, and the largest spanning 36 cm x 47cm.
Art teacher Cassie Thring, whose striking photos of residents hands are also exhibited, had each original artwork significantly enlarged and printed on sticker sheets frequently used in street art.
The idea is to provide audiences with a new perspective of the art, allowing them to see deeper into the unique works – and also into the artist’s personalities.
“I am really excited and super grateful to Helping Hand for letting me paste the work directly on to the wall,” Cassie says.
“Generally, we hang the pictures on the walls, but this year Helping Hand has given us a leap of faith and allowed us to paste them direct onto the walls. I’m really looking forward to the response.”
Cassie is a contemporary artist working from Floating Goose Studios in Adelaide and volunteers once a week at Helping Hand, facilitating its Art Group.
Now in its 21st year, SALA is a statewide exhibition that aims to showcase the talented work by visual artists throughout South Australia.
Helping Hand North Adelaide resident Anne Hetzel OAM will feature in the exhibition with a watercolour painting titled ‘Buxton Street’.
Inspired by a background in textiles and a career as an art teacher, Anne’s work is filled with vibrant colours to reflect a sunny autumn’s day and is an elegant reminder of her daily walks down the street.
“I remember one particular day, it was very beautiful,” Anne, 86, says.
“Most of the trees had lost their leaves. The whole street was gold.”
Anne received an Order of Australia Medal for service to the arts and crafts through the Embroiders’ Guild of South Australia and the National Textile Museum.
Confluence is open to the public Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm at 49 Buxton Street, North Adelaide. It will run from August 1 to September 30.
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