Congratulations to Artworx regulars, Tom O'Callaghan and Mike Barr, both of whom were successful at the 2013 Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show in January when Art Show Judge, Robert Hannaford, named them amomg the small list of award winners. The show was also a financial success for both artists, who were successful in selling works during the week-long exhibition.
Meanwhile, Tom's latest large-scale piece - Fast Fish - sold at Artworx for $11,000 in late January, confirming his reputation as a leader in the South Australian and national arts scenes.
During February, Artworx will celebrate the 2013 SA Wooden Boat Festival by staging a special exhibition, titled "Floating".
To be held on February 23 and 24, the biennial festival commemorates Goolwa's history as Australia's first inland port and home to many wooden boats and paddle steamers built at local slipyards over more than 150 years.
The 2013 festival will be opened by Welsh commedian and wooden boat enthusiast, Griff Rhys Jones, who is travelling to Australia for the event.
In the first run of what has become an amazingly and deservedly popular television series - Three Men in a Boat - Rhys Jones, Dara Ó Briain and Rory McGrath rowed a replica wooden skiff from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford. This was followed by Three Men in Another Boat, Three Men in More Than One Boat, Three Men go to Ireland, Three Men go to Scotland, Three Men go to Venice, and Three Men go to New England.
Katie Wyatt's painting of Griff Rhys Jones
Now one man is coming to Goolwa. Rhys Jones recently purchased ‘Argyll’, an exceptional 57ft yacht designed by Sparkman and Stephens New York and built in 1948. ‘Argyll’ is constructed of double planked carvel mahogany/cedar on laminated frames and a traditional teak deck.
To mark his visit, Artworx artist, Katie Wyatt, has painted Rhys Jones as a focal point of the gallery's "Floating" exhibition, which will run from 23 February until 17 March.
Other new pieces of Katie's will also be on display and available for purchase, along with contributions from a number of Artworx regulars including James Ainslie, Mike Barr, Jon Carl, John Lacey, Tom O'Callaghan and Suzie Riley.