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Many Happenings

It’s been a little while since my last update, and there’s been quite a few things going on since then!

Heart Felt Exhibition

In August I was lucky enough to be involved in an exhibition called Heart Felt at the Mezzanine, Entangle Living art.  What a fantastic space!  The gallery space (the Mezzanine) is housed in an old butter factory, and is located above an amazing store which sells live plants (including unique indoor plants grown using the Japanese art form Kokedama), handmade homewares, gifts, and small artworks.  For those who haven’t visited, it’s well worth the trip up to Dayboro. We took the family up for the day during the exhibition, had a lovely morning looking at the Dayboro markets, and the kids were very impressed by the little lolly shop a few doors down from Entangle: Living Art!

I was thrilled to be able to participate in this exhibition alongside some amazingly talented artists, and was able to sell three paintings to a lovely lady who viewed them at the exhibition and contacted me afterwards to purchase.  

Heart Felt Exhibition at Entangle Living Art

Kirsten Bailey in front of her paintings at the Heart Felt Exhibition

The amazing gallery space at Entangle Living Art

Ipswich on a Palette Exhibition

In September I participated in another exhibition.  This one had a unique concept – it was called ‘Ipswich on a Palette“, and invited artists to create a scene representing the city of Ipswich on a wooden artist’s palette.  I chose to represent a Jacaranda tree – it’s one of my favourite trees and is very iconic to the area of Ipswich (even though it’s not a native plant!)  Every year in Goodna there is a Jacaranda festival, and I just love seeing all the trees in bloom!

Toy to the World

Another project I’ve been working on is decorating a Popobe Bear for the Toy to the World charity exhibition.  This exhibition has been running for several years, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to participate.  Creating my bear was fun and challenging!  I am very proud of how he turned out, but I don’t think he compares to some of the other artists’ entries I’ve seen.  It really is an amazing group of artists!  All proceeds from the charity auction go to the Victorian AIDS council.  Opening night for the exhibition is tonight, and the exhibition runs for 4 days.  For those of you (like me!) who are unable to get to Victoria to see the bears in person, there will be an online charity auction held through Facebook.  I strongly recommend you to check it out, because I’ve seen a sneak peek of some of the bears, and they are INCREDIBLE.  Seriously proud to be involved in such an amazing exhibition alongside so many great artists, and for such a wonderful cause.

Toy to the World Popobe bear - "A bear in the woods... or the woods in a bear?"
My bear – “A bear in the woods… or the woods in a bear?”

Apart from the projects mentioned above, what else have I been up to?  Well, I’ve been working on a commission and a new series of works.  More to come!


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Upcoming Events…

I’m excited to be involved in a few special events over the next few months.

Next weekend on Saturday 11th September, I’ll have a market stall at Soulful Spring Sounds.  I’ll be selling my handmade jewellery and original artwork – although I must admit it will be a challenge staying with my stall instead of wandering around listening to the great music and drinking wine!  I’d love to see you there – I’m sure it will be a great day.

I’m also really excited about participating in the Summer Salon art exhibition at the Richard Randall Gallery, Mt Coot-tha Botanic gardens on the 6th and 7th of November.  It’s a wonderful historic gallery with great character and charm, and I’m exhibiting with 4 talented artists whose work I really admire.

I’ll be at the gallery in person on Sunday the 7th of November, where I’ll be working on my latest painting (whatever that is at the time).  Come on down and say hello, I’d love to meet you!  As the gallery is situated in the beautiful Botanic Gardens it’s easy to make a day of it.

In the meantime, you can see me at The Handmade Expo on Saturday 18th September, Saturday 20th November and Saturday 18th December.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to make the October market, so if you can’t wait for the November market, send me an email and I can post your goodies to you!