Bright reminder of mum

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Sue Rowe with her piece Black Cocky and her husband's handcrafted wooden jewellery box.
Camera IconSue Rowe with her piece Black Cocky and her husband's handcrafted wooden jewellery box. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

This year’s Sea to Art exhibition at the Waroona Visitor Centre features 130 pieces of art, each telling their own story.

The exhibition also features unfinished work from an artist whose life was cut short.

In 2010, Waroona husband and wife Bradley Ross and Sandy-Lee Gallop, both aged 27, were killed in a car crash near Nannup, leaving behind their two sons.

After some consideration, Ms Gallop’s mother Janet Paton submitted one of her daughter’s pieces.

“Kieren is a colourful piece portraying a water polo player jumping out of the water,” Waroona Visitor Centre manager Tracy Goldsworthy said.

“Sandy was a vibrant 27-year-old who loved art, swimming, netball, and most of all her boys, and I am humbled that we are able to show visitors some of her work.”

Categories for entry included painting, drawing, printmaking, works in fine metals, jewellery, glass and fine wood work.

Waroona artist Sue Rowe created Black Cocky from a photo she saw on Facebook.

“I saw this picture of a black cockatoo on Facebook and absolutely loved it, so I thought I have to try and paint it,” Ms Rowe said.

“After spending a month alongside Brenton See as he painted the mural at the back of IGA, I was quite inspired to try and paint a bird myself as a bit of a tribute to him. My husband Les who made the frame for my art work has also submitted a few of his own pieces which include wooden jewellery boxes.”

Drawing inspiration from her daughter’s dog, Toni Porth’s piece Teddy is a favourite among the children.

“Teddy is my daughter’s dog which she got for her 10th birthday, and he is the first dog I have painted,” Ms Porth said.

“He actually only took three days to sketch and paint, and when I saw the finished product I was amazed at myself.

“I have always enjoyed art, and now that the kids have grown up I have the time to practice it more often.”

The exhibition is now open and runs until November 3.

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