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Free demo by sculptor in clay and acrylic painter on silk
It is always a treat to visit the Monet Gallery with art on display from over 40 West Australian artists, and this month there is the opportunity to come along and watch two artists at work. The free event will take place on Saturday, October 14th from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm at 85 Great Eastern HIghway, South Guildford.

Carol Clitheroe, the Monet Gallery artist for the month of October, will have various works on display and for sale plus will be working and sculpting alongside Silk Artist Natalie Malarowski, demonstrating how to paint in acrylic on pure silk.

One of Carol Clitheroe's goddesses, a favourite motif of hers since childhood
Carol Clitheroe features clay goddesses and wood nymphs extensively in her work

Carol will be working on a sculpture of a goddess in clay plus tiny miniatures for the City of Mandurah Tiny Treasures Christmas Art Sale. Natalie will demonstrate the techniques of painting with acrylic on pure silk to create a luxurious scarf which she will add to her collection to exhibit and offer for sale at the Monet Gallery and at the next Up Market on Sunday 26th of November at the University of Western Australia.

Artist Natalie Malarowski will be demonstrating her art of painting in acrylic on pure silk at the Monet Gallery
Natalie Malarowski will demonstrate the techniques of acrylic painting on silk at the Monet Gallery

Carol Clitheroe, the Monet Gallery Feature artist for October, is a vibrant award-winning artist, seems to be happiest when she is creating or planning artworks and actually up to her elbows in clay or paint. At the end of a holiday, she admits she "heads for her shed". There she creates the most incredible structures both enormous and miniature.

Carol Clitheroe's Quietly Waiting, an alluring ethereal goddess at the Monet Gallery
Carol Clitheroe's 'Quietly Waiting', an alluring, ethereal goddess on display and for sale at Monet Gallery

A visit to her website and Facebook page will leave you in awe of her energy, her scope of talent and her generosity. As well as her commissioned work which includes many paintings and sculptures and three large murals, for example, the entrance to the City of Carnarvon, she creates wood nymphs, goddesses in clay and fascinating sculptures from metal, tubes and wire often from recycled cans and other materials.

Carol works towards creating a sculpture for the annual Castaway Competition in October of each year at Rockingham Beach, winning the event in 2015, and the popular Tiny Treasures Art Sale in December. As well, Carol is involved in many projects to help all people in the community to reach their potential in art, such as the Swell Day Out as part of ActBelongCommit. Carol's Heart project is another example of positivity and warmth, where from tiny offcuts of clay she creates hearts imprinted with messages of love inside little gift bags for sharing.

Silk Artist Natalie Malarowsk is originally from the Ukraine and has now made Western Australia her home. She is enjoying the friendship and companionship that comes from working with silk and teaching this delicate art to others. Many of the groups who have started lessons with Natalie develop a huge bond as they take timid steps initially but with Natalie's encouragement to "be brave", they produce scarves they are proud to wear or give as gifts and make firm friends along the way.

Natalie holds classes and workshops teaching silk painting to beginners and more advanced students throughout the year. This Free Demonstration at Monet Gallery will give people an opportunity to watch her at work and see if they would like to take the opportunity to learn this fascinating time honoured skill.

Even though the two artists demonstrating at Monet work in different media and seem worlds apart, sculpture Carol with her expansive murals, life-sized clay sculptures, fabrication of large works in metal and various materials as well as tiny miniatures and silk artist Natalie working with delicate luxuriously soft fabric, there are several interesting similarities.

Both artists share a fascination with myths and legends and seascapes. Carol has been fascinated with water ever since she was a child and has combined her passion for art with her interest in anything marine including mystical mermaids and goddesses.

Marine, nautical, mermaids, anything to do with the ocean provides inspiration for the artists
Carol Clitheroe has been enthralled with the ocean, water and marine themes since childhood and has produced outstanding sculpture

Natalie is inspired by the ocean and has produced many scarves and wall hangings which can be seen on her website showing the sea in many facets; legends, the power and beauty of the waves and the delightful creatures below the surface.

Natalie is inspired by marine and nautical themes, legends, waves and delightful sea creatures
Natalie is inspired by marine and all things aquatic including her depiction in acrylic on silk of delightful creatures below the waves

The two artists also share a love of Poppies. Carol has covered a section of one of her murals in almost never-ending poppies and poppies are the flower emblem of Natalie's birthplace and feature frequently on her silk scarves. Natalie and Carol both have an appreciation of and good eye for the human form which features frequently in the repertoire of both, typically Natalie in acrylic paintings and Carol generally in wood nymphs and clay goddess statues. Carol also runs courses in drawing the human form.

Clitheroe and Malarowski share a love of poppies, which is the floral emblem of her birthplace, Ukraine
Natalie often features poppies in her murals and silk scarves as they are the floral emblem of her childhood home, Ukraine

Entry to the Demonstration is free and everyone of all ages are encouraged to come along and view the artists at work. It is a great opportunity to see the process of creation by two wonderful artists. Drop in and stay for a while or stay for the duration and talk to the artists.

If you are unable to make it to the Saturday demonstrations you can come along to the gallery during all of October to view their work. You can find out more about Carol Clitheroe's and her work at or visit her Facebook page at Carol Clitheroe/Neverending Designs. Carol even has a video on YouTube entitled Carol Clitheroe, Never Ending Designs by Dogs Go Woof Productions.

For more information on Natalie's work or find out about her beginner lessons she can be contacted at or visit her website at

Natalie's next 4-week course of lessons, held at 18 Ferguson Road, Mayland run for 4 Fridays from November 3rd starting at 10.00am to 1.00pm for the cost of $33 per lesson which covers all materials and includes three scarves to take home to wear or give away. The lessons themselves could be an early Christmas gift for someone special.

Monet Gallery is easy to find along Great Eastern Highway, has plenty of parking and some lovely quiet places to sit both indoors and alfresco in this beautiful purpose-built gallery.

Monet Gallery in South Guildford is the venue for a Free Event where Carol Clitheroe and Natalie Malarowski will demonstrate their art
Monet Gallery in South Guildford is the beautiful venue for the Free Demonstration of clay sculpture and acrylic painting on silk

For more information visit website or contact Gallery owner, Maureen Sylvia on 08 9277 3685. The Monet.Gallery Opening times are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 12 noon - 5.00 pm.
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Why? To attend a free event to watch two artists demonstrate their art; one in clay sculpture, the other in acrylica paint on pure silk
When: Saturday, October 14th, 2017 from 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm
Phone: (08) 09277 3685
Where: Monet Gallery, 85 Great Eastern Highway, South Guildford
Cost: Free
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