Artist Helene Merriman overcomes the odds to stage Alfred Cove exhibition

Rowena Botterill (BaptistCare Support Worker) and Helene Merriman.
Rowena Botterill (BaptistCare Support Worker) and Helene Merriman.

A WILLAGEE resident is on the cusp of holding her first solo art exhibition in 25 years.

Helene Merriman took up art as part of her rehabilitation from a stroke and back injury during the 1980s.

Other priorities, including caring for her daughter and her own brain tumour diagnosis in 2014, meant a long hiatus was on the cards.

But she will return to action when her exhibition Transition opens February 27.

Among pieces being displayed will be a range of paintings, photos and sculptures, many of which have sat in storage for years.

Ms Merriman said she felt deeply about a range of social issues, and used art to confront “one reality with another”.

“I think that certain realities may be presented more effectively if the viewer sees a beauty which continually invites re-examination,” she said.

“Through Transitions I also hope more people may understand the process, struggles and skills that lie behind the personal language of an established artist.”

Baptistcare support worker Rowena Botterill, who has been with Ms Merriman since April, 2017, helped with the months of planning, discussions and selection of pieces.

“I like working with Helene. It’s so much fun and we laugh a lot when we are together,” she said.

“It’s been a wonderful privilege to help Helene prepare for this exhibition and she has taught me so much about the elements of art.”

What: Transition art exhibition.
When: February 27 to March 5.
Where: Atwell Gallery, 586 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove.