Artist friends come together for Lifeline

Contributing artists Sue Curry, Philomena Masters, Yvette Mech, Merle Cranwell, Quyen Hicks, Gillian Roulston, Betty Pengilly and Chris Burgess. Picture: Matt Jelonek       d445694
Contributing artists Sue Curry, Philomena Masters, Yvette Mech, Merle Cranwell, Quyen Hicks, Gillian Roulston, Betty Pengilly and Chris Burgess. Picture: Matt Jelonek       d445694

WANNEROO glass and mosaic artist Philomena Masters has organised an exhibition for Lifeline WA, which provides crisis support to help prevent suicide.

A group of 11 artists is taking part in the month-long show, Art Where Jacarandas Bloom, at Houghton’s Winery Gallery in Middle Swan.

Masters, of Dramatic Glass Designs Studio, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after suffering minor strokes and a mental breakdown about 18 years ago, marking the end of her successful business career.

By chance, she discovered a new passion through art therapy at a Joondalup hospital and has since focused her energies there, along with raising funds for mental health.

With the support of her artist friends, she has raised nearly $18,500 in about two years.

Masters will be displaying her latest fused-art glass creations, named the Glass Weave, where she uses 1mm thick pieces of glass known as ‘stringer’ to create her new designs.

There will also be stunning canvases by artists Gillian Roulston (Ridgewood), Merle Cranwell (Kingsley), Sue Curry (Edgewater), Quyen Hicks (Warwick), Yvette Mech (Kinross) and Shirley Mashman (Hillarys).

Mosaic artists Christine Burgess (Kingsley) and Betty Pengilly (Tapping) will be displaying some of their works, along with multi-award winning painter Narelle Manser-Smith and Tracey Haustead .

“My paintbrush becomes a performer, dancing across the canvas, juicy and full of life,” Hicks, originally from Vietnam, said.

Burgess, an avid bushwalker, said she drew her inspiration from the world around her – birds, flowers and frogs.

The exhibition is open daily at 148 Dale Road from 10am to 4pm until November 24.

Entry is free, but gold-coin donations will be accepted and part-proceeds from all sales go to Lifeline WA.

Call 0411 841 945 or email mosaic@iinet.net.au.