After last year's initial August "Down the garden path" plant sale, we changed the name slightly and ran "Down our garden path" with copious improvements (we hope)!
One of the "improvements" was inclusion, as part of our garden wanderings, an art display/competition, part of the 2019 SALA event. The paintings were displayed on the mezzanine floor overlooking the "Garden Path" stalls area.
The winning painting - by Vanessa Hearnden was called Maynard’s Well, it depicts the Wild Tomato (Solanum orbiculatum subsp.orbiculatum) which occurs in deep red sand on Maynard’s Well sheep station in northern South Australia.
It is an important ‘bush tucker’ source for local indigenous people. There are many Solanum species and only some of them produce edible fruit. Some species produce fruit that are toxic.
Sheep and goat grazing threaten the survival of this genus on Maynard’s Well.
Second place went to Leah Jeffries, born in 1975, an emerging Adelaide artist. Leah is undertaking a Bachelor Visual Arts at Adelaide Central School of Art. She has exhibited both in Adelaide and interstate and has been finalist in state, national and international awards, including the Blake Prize and Percival Prize. Leah is currently working from Collective Haunt Studios in Norwood.
Leah’s work explores her family’s botanical heritage. Now, isolated from the beauty in which she grew, Leah marvels at the wonder that was once there, juxtaposed against what our world faces now; our contemporary human condition and our dislocation from nature. This theme informs Leah’s work, through subtle metaphors and narratives, utilising botanical and figurative elements.
Primarily Leah works with oil paint on a variety of supports. Leah is committed to working with pure, non-toxic materials to eliminate harm at all levels.
Third place went to Katrina Linn from Adelaide Australia. She says "I was a professional potter for 35 years. I started to make time to paint in 2010.
I love flowers. I paint their voluptuous folds of petals, their rich muted colours, and the razzle dazzle and shimmer of light dancing across their surface. Trying to capture the ecstasy of emotion in a single flower, and share it with others, is my driving force. I try to add more beauty to the world, one painting at a time.
My favourite medium is oil paint on canvas."
Merits were awarded to two artists… Sally Thomas, and Josh Hilditch. Sally is an Adelaide based artist predominantly working in oils.
She enjoys the challenge of creating realistic landscapes, nature and still life paintings. Originally from New Zealand her appreciation of beautiful landscapes and a love of photography and travelling provide inspiration for her art compositions.
Her beautiful shifts of colour and an eye for detail give her work depth and believable realism. Gaining recognition both locally and international juried exhibitions, her art practice is evolving.
Josh is an Adelaide based artist who works predominantly with Ink on Paper to create detailed drawings of flora and fauna with a focus on the ocean and Australian natives. Josh creates his work using a time intensive and intricate process which involves the layering of hundreds and thousands of small dots to create tone and texture.
Often focusing on the macroscopic, Josh seeks to reveal to viewers the elaborate details hidden within fauna that is rarely seen, giving the viewer a deeper appreciation for the hidden beauty of the natural world around them that usually goes unseen.