Two artists to hold Revisited exhibition at cafe

Bassendean artist Jill Ruse at O2 Café. Picture: Kristie Lim
Bassendean artist Jill Ruse at O2 Café. Picture: Kristie Lim

TWO artists have revisited their Bassendean roots as part of their first joint art exhibition at a local café.

Bassendean artist Jill Ruse and former Bassendean resident Jennie Newman, now of Denmark, are collaborating for their exhibition, Revisited.

There will be more than 40 pieces displayed on the walls of O2 Café on Old Perth Road.

Ms Ruse’s pieces are inspired by the colour and magic of nature in Bassendean while Ms Newman has a mix of print, drawings, textile processes and wood carving of dead creatures and plants on the south coast.

Ms Newman will also be showcasing her experience of walking along the Swan River in Bassendean through her Guildford Bridge series of artworks.

Ms Ruse, who previously worked on graphic design at Bassendean Memorial Library, said many artists which exhibited at the library expressed the need for a proper exhibition space.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for Bassendean artists and crafts people and it is just what we need,” she said.

She said art was more than a “retirement hobby” as she went back to her artistic roots and committed to doing it full-time.

Bassendean artist Jill Ruse at O2 Café. Picture: Kristie Lim

O2 Café owner Michelle Glass said while she was not the “arty” type, she wanted to create a space for local artists to showcase their work.

“Artists do everything from home so this gives them exposure,” she said.

“It brings customers in for us as well to showcase their work.

“I think it is a win-win situation.”

Ms Glass said artists have booked out the space for the next 12 months.

THE ESSENTIALS:

What: Revisited art exhibition

Where: O2 Café, 22-24 Old Perth Road, Bassendean

When: Opening night on October 30, from 6pm to 8pm. Exhibition runs from October 30 to December 22.

For information, call Jill on 0411 496 869 or Jennie on 0408 237 864.

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