Paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures are some of the art forms that will be on display this weekend at the 5th Annual ARTWEST St Marys Art and Craft Exhibition.
Last year’s event saw 136 artists in attendance, with this year’s event expected to have more than 100 works on display.
Hosted by St Marys Area Community Development Project Inc. (SMACD), in partnership with Nepean Potters Society and Penrith City Council’s Community and Cultural Development team, artistic mediums on exhibit range from oils, pastels, water colours, drawings, photography, ceramics, pottery and sculptures.
Lisa Kolosovs, SMACD manager, has been working for the organisation for the past three years and said the exhibition provides community members with the opportunity to build community pride and identity through civic participation, with the exhibition open to all artists, from beginners through to advanced.
“We have artists with disabilities who exhibit from the Nepean No Boundaries ArtGroup and at times students from local schools,” she said.
“It creates a culture of inclusion among the arts community that does not exist in other formal exhibition and gallery style opportunities and provides them with the platform to inspire others through art.”
The the 41-year-old said St Marys is home to a bustling arts community which boasts renowned artists.
“Art enhances individual wellbeing, self-esteem and builds confidence in an individual and has an ability to generate creative energy as a healing force for mind, body, and spirit,” she said.
“The premise is that the creative process allows for artistic self-expression which helps individuals solve conflicts, manages behaviour, improves self-esteem, builds confidence, develops self-awareness and insight, assists to manage stress, and develop interpersonal skills.”
More than 150 people are expected to attend the event with most works available for purchase.
“We encourage all members of the community to come down and show their support of local artists by purchasing a piece for their home or office or a gift for that special someone. Prices vary but most are affordable,” Kolosovs said.
“SMACD receives a 20 per cent commission of all sales which goes back into the budget for next year’s exhibition costs.
“This arts based initiative provides community members with the platform to inspire others through art.”
- Free. 10am-3pm, Saturday June 3, St Marys Community Centre Building 5, St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct. 29 Swanston St, St Marys. Visit: smacd.org.au.