HILTON’S Dusty Ward knows the importance of inspiring the next generation of creatives, but that doesn’t mean she has set aside her own artistic dreams.
The Southern River College head of arts is growing a love of creativity amongst WA’s next generation of talented artists, with a Shaun Tan art exhibitor and a Young Indigenous Artist of the Year already among the school’s ranks.
“Teaching art is very rewarding because you can tangibly see the culture of creativity grow in the school and that ultimately means more people engaging in art in the wider community,” she said.
“I believe they will continue to proudly challenge the fabrics of society just as artists have done since the beginning of the modernist era and in doing so continue to build on art rhetoric.”
However for the next two months, Ward will be focusing on her own artistic endeavours with her Dusty’s Suitcase exhibition at The Local Cafe in Hilton.
She said making art was part of who she was as a person.
“All of the artworks centre around the common theme of beauty and this has been represented in different ways throughout the exhibition,” she said.
“Many of the images were painted from a photo album that I found in an antique shop in Mt Marker dating back to the early 1900s – the album was lovingly put together and in that I thought it was beautiful.
“This exhibition is to bring an energy of peace, light and happiness to the caf and people who buy the artworks.”
Dusty’s Suitcase is at The Local Cafe until June.