Talented trio to display works of art

Kaleidoscope trio Penelope Barrow, Ann Steer and Ljubica Ratz are hosting an exhibition of their works at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre .
Kaleidoscope trio Penelope Barrow, Ann Steer and Ljubica Ratz are hosting an exhibition of their works at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre .

Mindarie artist Ljubica Ratz said the paintings displayed would celebrate the joy of art, emotion and perspective through colour and texture.

She said the Kaleidoscope trio, which includes fellow Mindarie resident Ann Steer and Penelope Barrow, of Jindalee, met while attending and teaching various art workshops in the local community.

‘We chose the name because of the diverse and ever changing patterns and colours the kaleidoscope presents when you view it,’ Ratz said. ‘We wanted to represent the diversity in our personalities, art styles and culture.’

Ratz said her pieces took inspiration from ‘the natural beauty of nature and life, landscapes and the human form’.

‘For this particular exhibition, I am concentrating on flowers as my subject matter,’ she said. ‘I enjoy capturing the delicate petals with light and shadow, using oils to bring my subject matter to life.’

Steer said her goal was ‘simply to produce a beautiful painting that makes people stop, pause and escape for a moment’.

‘For many West Australians, the beach is part of everyday life,’ she said. ‘My work does not evolve too far away from this endless supply of inspiration.

‘Light plays an important part in my painting process.’

Barrow said her work was abstract, and relied on colour and texture to tell the story, using acrylic, resin, inks, found objects and sometimes broken glass.

‘When I start painting, I never know what the end result will be until it’s finished,’ she said. ‘For me, the journey is all about the creative twists and turns my work seems to take along the way.’

The exhibition runs from November 16 to 24 and will be open 10am to 4pm weekdays and noon to 4pm on weekends. Gold coin donations on entry are encouraged along with a percentage of any art sales going to Breast Cancer Care WA.

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