RENOWNED Perth artist Sharon Phelps, more commonly known as ‘Shabbi’, will be unveiling her latest sculptures and paintings on Sunday , at the launch of her new studio in the Chittering Valley.
After displaying her work at the Somerville Gallery in Toodyay for the past few years, Shabbi now has a dedicated studio to call her own.
Shabbi said the Chittering Estate Studio, formerly Chittering Estate Winery, provided the perfect setting for her organic pieces that reflect her love of the natural environment.
“This new heavenly environment has changed my work to become more flowing, gentle and interesting,” she said.
“This is an exciting new venture for me, to have my own studio open to the public, and to be able to offer the work that I’m so proud of.”
Shabbi said her inspiration came from a love of colour, nature and the elements.
Her style has evolved over the years, now leaning more towards abstract, which she said was “more organic, taking on a life of its own”.
“My work has evolved in a more beautiful way,” she said.
Shabbi began working with clay in the 1970s and held her first exhibition in 1981.
Successful exhibitions and commissions soon followed, with Boans, Black Swan Gallery and ANZ Bank among her long list of clients.
Shabbi has entered various exhibitions in recent years, successfully selling pieces and winning several awards.
Chittering Estate Studio will also feature a new collection of works by Cottesloe artist Margaret Sommerville and Bickley photographer Rebekah Wilson.
The studio launches on Sunday June 19 and will then be open every Sunday, from 10am to 4pm.
The Chittering Estate Studio is located at 1399 Keating Road, Chittering. Phone 0487 218 922.