Ardross: family and friends of Peggy Everett gather at Atwell Gallery to honour her memory

Harvey Everett honours the life of his wife Peggy and her paintings at Atwell Gallery. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Harvey Everett honours the life of his wife Peggy and her paintings at Atwell Gallery. Picture: Jon Hewson.

THE memory of local artist Peggy Everett was honoured at Atwell Gallery on the weekend.

The Ardross resident, who passed away in March, was involved in classes and exhibitions at the gallery during the 1980s and 1990s.

About 60 family and friends gathered on Sunday, November 4 to view Mrs Everett’s oil paintings, ahead of what would have been her 89th birthday on November 7.

Mrs Everett’s husband Harvey said the gathering was an opportunity to celebrate her life and recognise her work.

“The paintings belong to my three daughters and me and we had 30 of them on display at the gallery,” he said.

“They aren’t usually in the one place at the one time so it was very special for us to see them all together.

“Peggy loved painting landscapes, especially Australian ones like the Flinders Rangers and of places in our South West.”

Painting was in Mrs Everett’s family and she had a distant relative William Frater who received an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to art.

She discovered her passion for painting in the late 1970s and after the family moved to Ardross, she began lessons at Atwell Gallery.

Mrs Everett won a highly-commended award at the City of Melville’s Art Show in 1991 and she continued to paint until the early 2000s, and sold more than 100 paintings throughout her artistic journey.