The bright and spacious warehouse full of art was tucked away behind a plumbers’ showroom, up Field Road in Wilson Creek. Nonetheless a few hundred people turned out to the evening opening reception on June 13 to see the work of the four women responsible.
For Donna Stewart, Charly Mithrush, Carol La Fave and Kasia Krolikowska it was the second annual warehouse show of their work.
“After our show closed last year we decided right away to hold the next,” Stewart said.
Although there were a few sold stickers on display on opening night, Krolikowska told Coast Reporter that sales weren’t the most important thing for her; she was simply delighted to have her work shown.
Krolikowska employs splashes of vivid colour in her non-representational work.
As all the women are animal lovers, they decided to dedicate 10 per cent of what was sold on opening night to the SPCA.
Mithrush showed several eye-popping pieces, among them Roar, a realistic and colourful wave depicted in mixed media. Coastal Sunset and Night Moves showed a different aspect of her style, blending colour in a smooth abstract.
Mithrush seems to explore deeper themes in her work, as for example in One Energy, an acrylic.
Stewart and Mithrush sometimes paint together and the viewer can see their influence on one another. Stewart’s large mixed media piece on a doorskin, In a New York Minute, is a show stopper and captures life in the Big Apple. Her series Diver’s Paradise takes the viewer under murky water to see sea life.
La Fave of Roberts Creek has developed a distinctive style over the years using images from the forest and the sea, and often depicting local landmarks such as an impressionistic Molly’s Reach. But in this show she reveals a few surprises. Her acrylic Nevada Hill was intriguing and unlike her other work. The colour palette seemed inspired by the desert’s hot sun splashing on sand. La Fave’s work can sometimes be seen at the Gumboot Restaurant or other local venues.
The four artists plan a repeat show next year.
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