Friday, 27 June 2014

The 52-Week Illustration Challenge is Exhibiting!

by Penny Fisher

I've been holding onto some big news or about five months now and can finally reveal it. It's pretty glee-making.

In February, not long after the 52-Week Illustration Challenge began, I was contacted by Arts Brookfield in Perth. Arts Brookfield are one of the world's largest exhibitors of art in public spaces. Some of you may have heard of Arts Brookfield New York, and there are various other incarnations in North America and around Australia.

They asked if I would be interested in holding a March 2015 exhibition of Challenge artwork at Brookfield Place in Perth. This is a stunning public space that features frequent exhibitions.

At first, I was speechless. Then I said 'um, YES!'

The dates are 9 to 22 March 2015 and I will be at the opening on the evening of the 9th. Many Challenge participants are already planning their Perth trip and will hopefully be able to make it for the launch, if not sometime during the exhibition's two-week duration. The friendships and support we have developed in 6 months is the equivalent to 20 year's duration, so it will be some kind of get-together!

There will be 52 artworks on show--one for each week of the Challenge--and I will curate these artworks along with friend and Challenge co-moderator, the talented Nicky Johnston. Choosing this artwork will be both one of the hardest things I've ever done--and also the most joyful. Thank God I'll have Nicky!

If you are in Perth--either living or visiting--please do check out the exhibition. It will showcase a broad variety of Australian and international artistic talent, many of them 'unknowns' but all of them driven by their passion to create.

It's overwhelming to think this humble little Challenge has grown into what it has, and that such incredible opportunities are materialising for its members. They are a gorgeous bunch of people who so deserve all the wonderfulness in the world. The joy they have brought me--both creatively and personally--is untold and I so look forward to seeing their work exhibited for thousands upon thousands of people to enjoy.
by Penny Fisher

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

tania's picks - week 25: DOTS

We went dotty this week on the Challenge! With the theme of DOTS, it was just a delight to see the images pouring in--with so much creativity and clever ideas.

Here are my picks for one of my favourite themes.

Zeke, age 4

Michelle Varga

Nicky Johnston

Penny Fisher

Rebecca Webb

Jen Barton

Jess Racklyeft

Jessica Guthrie

Ruby, age 9

Sally Fawcett

Sally-May Lott

Sheila Gadaloff

Skye Robertson

Tanya Mariani

Tiffany Tregenza

Tracey Lennon

Vicki Noel Hilder

Jessica Guthrie

Judy Watson

Kayleen West Cavill

Kim Coveney

Kristy Teal

Leonie Cheetham
Marla Lesage

Nicky Johnston

Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Amie Sabadin

Ana Karen San

Andrea Wallace

Annabel Kennedy

Anne Trott

Aura Parker

Bronny Boniface

Cara King

Cecilia Clark

Claire Weigall

Dave Chivers

Dee White

Detta Tea

Diane McWhirter

Geri Bar

Heidi Cooper

Jane Barndon

Amanda Jean McEwan

Amity Miller‎

Ana Karen San

Anita Howard

Anne Trott

Bettina Dodson

Cam Starcevich

Carolina Peters

Christina Booth

Dana Haigh

Dave Murphy

Dee White

Detta Tea

Diane McWhirter

Dianne Ilka‎

Grace, age 7

Ian McLean

Jennifer Locke-Thornhill

Jess Racklyeft

Jess Rouse

Jessica Guthrie

Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Judy Watson

Kristen Okeeffe

Lee Moir

Leonie Cheetham

Manda Gillespie

Melissa Tan

Natalie Daniel

Penny Fisher

Rowan Ferguson

Sabrina, age 3

Sally O'Brien

Sheree Kennington

Suzy Houghton

Thalia Rey Lescure

Toni Griffiths

Trudy Campbell

Vicky Pratt

Nicky Johnston

Leonie Cheetham

Diane McWhirter‎

And reluctantly, and only due to request, one of mine (though it's not my pick) ...

Tania McCartney