Community of Artists on Lamma Island - Origin & Launch
Roz Keep: The Community of Artists on
Lamma Island (CALI) is an idea that has been germinating for
several months as I have been trying to think of a way to exhibit not
just my own work but also that of a couple of my good friends without
renting a shop. There are too few shoppers and only a weekend market, so
it would be very difficult to make a shop work. But on the evening of
Pinky's wake, we were sitting outside the Spicy Island and Christy
McCormick and Annie Knibb were talking about art and the idea to exhibit
work in as many bars as possible, then swap them all round...
Then I met with another artist on Monday and the idea
gelled suddenly. Sarah Wyatt encouraged me to exhibit the framed work I
had sitting around ASAP. Then we would work on the other artists, venues
and the project could be launched at Cath's new cafe on Friday. So from
idea to action took 6 days! Not bad. We then sent emails to as many
artists on Lamma as we could think of and asked them to join us, which
Next we shall talk to the different venues in the village.
We still have a way to go but it's a start and we shall work during the
summer to get at least four venues full of art and then some good
publicity for both the venues and the artists... It shall be our own
little LAMMA ART WALK eventually.
So I would like to thank Christy, Annie and Sarah for
their inspiration, support and encouragement, as well the other artists
who have agreed to join the project, and also Cath for her support and
generosity, and The Island Bar who has also agreed to become part of this
Cath's new place is the old Aroy Thai, and is open
for food daily until 4pm, then it will become a bar at night. Its new
name will be The Banyan Bay Cafe, so check it out.
Roz's paintings are on display for the next month and are
all for sale. There is a series of Lamma paintings which she has made
into prints and available for sale for a mere $150-$200... Original work
also for sale from between $400 - $1,300.
Community of Artists on Lamma Island - Statement
Roz Keep: Bringing
together Lamma artists for the first time in a community project for
Yung Shue Wan, we hope to display original artwork in the restaurants,
bars and shops of the village on a grander scale than has been done in
the past. Our ultimate aim is to have as much original artwork up
around the village at any one time as possible, therefore helping YSW
become known as a place to see good artwork. The artists will
benefit from the exposure, training and financial gain. The restaurant,
bar and shop owners will gain good publicity at the time of exhibition
openings and have a chance to earn commission on art sales once we start
to become known for our quality work.
This exhibition today is
the first of what we hope will be many.
At the time of writing,
the idea is young and there is much to do but with help and
participation from as many artists and businesses as possible. We
shall enrich our lives culturally and Yung Shue Wan will grow in
reputation as a good place not just to eat and hike but also as a place
to see and buy good artwork.
If you would like to join
us either as an artist/photographer or as business/restaurant owner,
please contact the CALI spokesperson (for now):
Roz Keep - 2982 6965
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May 05, 2008 03:43 PM