Naomi Trotter is an elegant woman who lives in small town of Maryvale on the Southern Downs. Naomi worked in the fashion industry all her working life. She became a fashion designer with her own couture label for some years. She was advised early on in her career to be true to herself and her own creativity and this is truly evident in her paintings. She clearly enjoys capturing the beauty of nature in her work letting her skill as a painter impart her own unique style to each piece.
Naomi has exhibited at many regional galleries, including the Warwick Art Gallery several times though it has been seven years since her last exhibition here. Joining her in this exhibition is her daughter Juanita Faint.
Juanita has painted in some way or another most of her life. As an only child painting and drawing was her dear companion. Her working life was as creative as her mother’s choosing visual merchandising as a pathway into a freelance display business. This led to opportunities to work in theatre backdrop, costume and prop design as well as commercial applications.
Juanita has had wonderful tutors through the years including Betty Churcher, June Lea and David Fowler. She has a vivid imagination and loves colour working with both acrylic and oils and also turning to painting on silk to create exotic wearable art pieces. Her work in theatre design is very evident in the drama and characters represented in her paintings.
Naomi and Juanita, on occasion, paint very similar subjects. The exhibition has been curated so that their “different perspectives” can be experienced by the viewer.
The travelling Ravellers will be planting exotic Yarntopian gardens at Warwick Art Gallery before setting up camp in the gallery foyer for the duration of Jumpers and Jazz in July.
Another yarn installation by the Warwick Art Gallery Yarnbombing Team
This enthusiastic and creative group have been working for the last nine months on this new project. As well as the gallery installation, they have been invited to create a special yarnbombing installation for the verandah of the historic Criterion Hotel.
The tiny town of Burketown was buzzing with an influx of visitors.
If you had a boat you would be fishing for barramundi. If you had a glider you were there for The Morning Glory.
The Morning Glory is a spectacular phenomenon that brings international visitors each year because Burketown is the only place in the world where you can have a chance of experiencing this wonderful thing.
If you had come by glider you would be out at the airfield by at least 5 am preparing to take off as soon as there is a hint of THE CLOUD.
If you are ‘just there’ you woke with the buzz of the pilots and helpers going, you also got up, gathered the water bottles, cheese and biscuits and drove out of town towards the open savannah.
Marg Barnett saw the images that Al Sim had taken of the Morning Glory and decided she’d like to transfer the images to fabric with Contemporary Shibori techniques.
Lawrence English joined the ‘team’ after he was approached to compose a surround sound sonic space for the installation.
Barnett, Sim and English are Queensland Artists, with international reputations in their respective fields.
Four years of planning has produced an installation where the videos are on the walls and the textiles hang across the space and electronic sounds represent the surreal atmosphere of the Morning Glory cloud experience.
Walk into this installation with the grey cloud over your head, imagine you are on the mud flats and surrounded by the colour and shapes of the Gulf Savannah.