This is a stunning exhibition of the work of eleven female artists, created in response to the colour and word "blue", including the words of the Joni Mitchell song "Blue". This response is expressed in various media, including paintings, prints, ceramics, and jewellery.
Paper Boat Press is a gorgeous, quaint space - a gallery, studio and shop in an old timber shopfront on Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove. Opening night of the exhibition last Friday saw the small space bursting at the seams, the crowd spilling onto the footpath, champagne in hand.
Everyone seemed entranced by the artistry on display. There are beautiful, framed prints of blue feathers, delicate hand-decorated blue and white ceramics, colourful ceramic beaded necklaces, and whimsical ceramic figurines.
One of the most striking exhibits is a series of gothic-like, black-framed paintings of miniature icons from the words of the Joni Mitchell song quoted below; for example, an intricate crown and a small anchor. And of course, there's the enchanting hand-worked white ceramics of Paper Boat Press owner, Kylie Johnson, pressed with phrases taken from "blue" songs.
Individually, each exhibit fascinates; collectively they delight.
Judging from the red dots scattered around the room on opening night, you better hurry to catch the exhibition and get your own piece of blue for yourself.
"Blue, songs are like tattoos You know I've been to sea before
Crown and anchor me Or let me sail away" Joni Mitchell Blue