When Red Cross volunteers Denise Straty and Melissa Ellis returned from the bushfire-ravaged NSW South Coast, they were determined to do something practical to lift the spirits of the region’s renowned art community. The result is Out of the Ashes — an exhibition of South Coast artists, opening in June in Sydney.
Out of the Ashes will showcase approximately 20 artists at The Wellington Gallery in inner-city Waterloo for three days — opening on Friday 12 June and running until Sunday 14 June. Some 40 works of art will be on display, across the mediums of sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and painting.
All artworks will be on sale — with 100% of art sales going directly to participating artists.
For Denise, it was a case of yearning to help and believing that there was a lot of goodwill in Sydney to harness for such a cause.
“We saw the devastation first-hand —people traumatised, shattered and doing it tough,” said Denise. “And on returning to Sydney, Melissa and I were inspired to host an exhibition for South Coast artists who had been impacted by the fires.
“This event is for these artists — to hopefully lift their spirits, give them a renewed sense of purpose and let them know that we genuinely care about their trauma and loss.
“From the beautiful, uplifting art space at The Wellington Gallery, to the important task of curating the exhibition, everything is being donated so that our artists receive maximum benefit from the event,” Denise said.
Participating artists include: Jo Victoria (ceramics); Peter and Vanessa Williams (acrylic and pastels); Paul Dimmer (sculpture); Rod Hayes (lino cuts): Raewyn Lawrence (painting); Penny Lovelock (painting); Daniel Lafferty (pottery); Amanda Williams (pastels); Grace Paleg (pastels); Richard Sealy (oil painting); John Sharman (oils); Janet Jones (oils): and Sandra Hendy (water colours).
To view sample artworks please visit: www.flickr.com/photos/187937067@N05/albums/72157713907365476