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FIESTA Exhibition at The Happenstore

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by Natasha Mogilin (subscribe)
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A definite must-see is Rose Colbeck's first solo exhibition FIESTA at The Happenstore in Annandale which is showing to Thursday 3 August, because when you see the bold colour and thoughtful detail in Rose's striking paintings, you quite simply feel enormous happiness.

And that's exactly what Rose set out to do. "We decided to set a date for the exhibition for the end of winter coming into spring and fill it with colour and flowers. It's full of joy and that's what painting is to me," says Rose as she proudly but nervously makes a speech at FIESTA'S opening night.

However, there's more than happiness and joy to this exhibition. When you visit FIESTA, you'll see paintings of cactuses and their flowers with bold colour combinations and thoughtful details like the birds that fly across each canvas. The cactuses and their flowers symbolise resilience and a mother's unconditional love, and the birds a recognition of the inspiration from her father's love and knowledge of birds.

As Rose looked at the canvas she was about to recycle she saw resilience, and that's why she decided to paint a cactus and its flowers, because they symbolised the same resilience as the canvas.

"FIESTA grew out of a discarded canvas and I painted a cactus which everyone seemed to love and my daughter Zoe told me to paint more," Rose continues at opening night. And we saw Rose's love of her daughter with a special place in the exhibition proudly devoted to Zoe's creative flair for fashion.

If there's a painting to take home from this exhibition, it just might have to be Frida and the falcon, a painting Rose did in 2014 on silk which almost didn't make the FIESTA collection. Thankfully Rose had it placed in a beautiful Italian wood frame for the exhibition and it's a stand-out piece.

Rose Colbeck has been teaching and working creatively from her inner-west studio in Sydney for 20 years, has been exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Palm House and is the proud artist in residence at Five Dock Public School.

Find out more about what Rose Colbeck has planned for the future, and be wowed by a visit to FIESTA at The Happenstore, 55 Parramatta Road Annandale from Tuesday 25 July to Thursday 3 August 2017.
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Phone: 0438212231
Where: The Happen Store, 55 Paramatta Road, Annandale, NSW
Cost: FREE
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What a great article. I can't wait to read more about Rose and her beautiful paintings. Sandii
by sandi (score: 0|4) 815 days ago
Very Frieda.
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