X marks the spot for artists

Show off: Spearwood artist Jane Martin with her large painting for Show Off X, an annual art exhibition .
Show off: Spearwood artist Jane Martin with her large painting for Show Off X, an annual art exhibition .

Fifty-nine Cockburn artists have offered work for the show’s 10th iteration.

The event has grown significantly since version one in 2003, when 25 artists participated.

Among the inaugural members was Jane Martin. The figurative painter and Show Off X ‘old faithful’ said she continued to enjoy exhibiting locally.

‘It’s a community art celebration. It’s like a democracy and a nice change from the highfalutin’ world of art,’ she said.

‘Show Off X is about people painting because they want to paint; it’s really refreshing.’

Well known for her figurative landscapes, portraits and still life, with collections shown around the world, Ms Martin stuck to a successful formula with a large-scale painting of her market garden for her Show Off X piece.

Partner George Haynes will display a drawing of Coogee Beach and paintings of Manning Park.