Spearheaded by the Mannum Creative Communities group – a bunch of very talented local artists – the SALA trail offers a variety of artworks in different mediums to suit every taste. The exhibition runs for the month of August.
A selection of works by Anne O'Dea at the 'Osmosis' exhibition
Starting your tour with 'Osmosis' at Shop 44 in the main street, you will see paintings by Anne O'Dea, Jill Allen and Sandie Kuehne, stunning photography by David Hartley, clay and wood sculptures by Jacky Charleston, and a variety of works in different mediums by Lyn Wood, Lisa Bottroff and Roger Baker. You can meet some of the artists involved and purchase works to take home with you.
I had the pleasure of spending time with them and listening to their stories. Jill, whose vibrant depictions of life on the river Murray come from her experience as a riverboat captain, has a long and impressive list of success with exhibitions all over SA.
Sandie is a long-time Mannum local and a member of the Creative Communities group
Sandie is a member of the local Creative Communities group and works in a variety of mediums. Her watercolour painting of bright yellow quinces in an old kitchen colander is just one of many works that bring out the beauty in everyday scenes.
David captures the beauty of the Mannum area in stunning photographs
David manages the local motel and several other businesses around the town. He began taking photographs to promote his businesses, but his passion and eye for stunning composition soon grew into an art form and now he uses his camera to highlight local attractions.
Jacky, a self-taught artist, combines clay with natural timbers in unique sculptures
Roger has been a Mannum local for about 8 years and is a boat-builder by trade. While he works in a variety of art mediums, his past experience in graphic arts and print-making led to an interest in lino-cut. His riverboat series highlights the changing colour of the skies over Mannum.
Visit the Whitehouse, a little cottage filled with remarkable art.
From there you can make your way to 'The Whitehouse' in Queen Mary Street, where you will have the opportunity to meet renowned Junk-artist Steve Oatway, walk through his garden of sculptures and see the studio where he produces his stunning and sometimes startling pieces.
Steve is an unassuming man with a unique gift.
The Whitehouse is a modest little miner's cottage set amongst other suburban houses in a back street of Mannum, but stepping through the front door is like entering a random world of colour and chaos that gives an insight into the man behind the craft. While on the surface Steve is an easy-going, unassuming man, his art speaks volumes about his perception of the world around him.
Immerse yourself in the colourful world of Steve Oatway with his interactive exhibition at the Whitehouse
Drawing from his past experience working with indigenous youth, the homeless and various community programs, Steve finds a rustic appeal in working with materials that have a history. He transforms other people's discarded scrap into bold representations of life and his reputation for creating imaginative pieces has caught the attention of local councils. Steve has been commissioned to create several public art installations and entrance statements both in Mannum and surrounding towns.
As part of SALA, there will also be a one-day event at Palmer, about 20 kms west of Mannum on Sunday, August 21. Walk through a landscape of sculptures and stay for lunch. For more details on this, phone 0438807860.