Liddelow Homestead Arts and Craft Club canvassing animals


Marilyn Savil, of Forrestfield, with her artwork for the exhibitionwhich features endangered wildlife.
Marilyn Savil, of Forrestfield, with her artwork for the exhibitionwhich features endangered wildlife.

THE Liddelow Homestead Arts and Crafts Club is holding a special, animal-themed exhibition on WA Day to raise awareness of endangered species.

Hosted by the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) and supported by the City of Canning, the event aims to create awareness of threatened flora and fauna.

Artists from Liddelow Homestead will be exhibiting and selling their paintings that tell the stories of some of the planet’s most vulnerable species.

Local award-winning artist and Liddelow Homestead member Lucia Moniewski said the main challenge of painting animals was capturing their personality.

“The challenge is to make them striking, so we use colour, we use little techniques like turning the mouth up so it looks as if they’re smiling and more appealing, and the eyes are crucial, getting the eye just right so it’s looking at you.”

She said the group had not taken too much persuading to take part in the exhibition, given the special relationship between people and animals.

“I find people are either landscape painters or animal painters, there are artists who paint pets and try to infuse some personality into someone’s pet,” she said.

“It’s just gorgeous.”

CREEC administration officer Tracy Lyon said the exhibition was a unique way to help raise awareness about the plight of several animals.

“We thought: ‘What’s another way to educate people about environment and threatened species, species which will die out if we don’t look after them and our environment?’,” she said.

“I know the artists, so we thought we’d trial something like that, so we asked Liddelow to partner up with us and exhibit some of their work.”

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