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Exhibition: Press Gang - 20 May to 4 June

The 2018 Printmakers’ Association of WA Inc.(PAWA) Member’s Exhibition is set to be an inspiring and broad foray into the field of contemporary print media.

The opening of the...

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Exhibition: Affinity Cross Currents - 9 June to 24 June 2018

This exhibition features works from Glennis Hall, Pam Manika, Irene McBride, Helen Jones.

The opening of the exhibition is scheduled for 2.00pm on 9th June 2018. Please...

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Exhibition Sea Spell: 17 February - 11 March 2018

Posted: 22nd February 2018

An authentic and inspiring exhibition of works by artist Melissa Balcombe. This exhibition runs from 17 February - 11 March 2018.

Working with acrylic on canvas and linen, Melissa incorporates beach sand and crushed shells into the paintings for authenticity, texture and intrigue

About Exhibition & Artist

Growing up in Kalamunda, the bush meant many things to my family. 

Growing up in Kalamunda, the bush meant many things to Melissa and her family. Shy Bob Tails in the backyard, outings hunting for banksia nuts to burn the wood fire heater, spotting Spider Orchids and tearing round the bush.  

In contrast to the serenity of the bush, as a teenager Melissa and her friends would make the long trek first down the hill by bus to the city and then by train to the beach. Hot from a long journey, the excitement was palpable leaving the station to walk over the dunes anticipating the scene.

This memory provided inspiration for Melissa to paint a series of works depicting the anticipation and mystery of that first walk over the dunes or the race down the boardwalk steps to see the water. What colour is the sea, is the beach white sand or laced with rocky pools? Is it welcoming and serene or wild and wind swept?

In Melissa’s work you won’t see the shoreline, just the atmosphere of the beach to be left to the imagination of the audience.