Rockingham: Mixed Palette exhibition tomorrow

Artist Rebecca Johnston and Lesley Craggs with students Jack and Isabella.
Artist Rebecca Johnston and Lesley Craggs with students Jack and Isabella.

MIXED Palette Inc is a volunteer group that supports its core group of artists who have intellectual disabilities.

It began in 2006 as part of Nulsen Disability Services and was known as the Community Art Room.

Facilitated by co-ordinators Evelyn Lim, Lesley Craggs and artist Julianne Ryan, under their tutelage they help artists create and commercially market their pieces.

“It is a model for social inclusion,” Ms Lim said.

“One of our artists, Rebecca Johnston creates these wonderful, quirky ceramic dogs that we have copied from her original piece.

“It has enabled her to value add to her work, she has sold a piece to the City of Melville and now we are getting them laser cut to make jewellery.”

“We work on values such as everyone can contribute. It is a proven successful model for social inclusion,” she said.

“It’s about interaction; while people are working on their art, we are talking and listening to each other. Everyone gets more out of it that way.”

The group shares a space with Star of the Sea Out of School Care with assistance from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

This space is offered to them free every Friday.

“We are so appreciative of it and it is great to be around the kids, but it is very small so we are hoping for a bigger more permanent space in the future,” she said.

The same children they share their space with have also been busy and raised money for the group through raffles, cake stalls and sold some herbs from their garden.

The group will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a silent auction and exhibition on November 19, at 5.30pm at Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street.

Mixed Palette Inc offers weekly workshops from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, which is at 2 Townsend Road, Rockingham.