Month-long celebration of art opens at Fullarton


An impressive variety of artworks, amazing food, wine and beer from iconic South Australian producers, and an exceptional venue to showcase it all – the Official Opening of the SALA Festival exhibition at Living Choice Fullarton lived up to its reputation as the pinnacle event of the year at the award-winning village.

The exhibition, known as Art Expression @123 Fisher, features 109 artworks by 56 professional artists, emerging artists and 14 artists from Living Choice Fullarton, Flagstaff Hill and Woodcroft. It is the culmination of months of planning and hard work by a dedicated group of Living Choice resident volunteers who love art and music.

Leading the group is Joan Ogden, who said the opening on 3rd August was “simply amazing”. “Special mention must also go to the team at Castello’s Cucina for their incredible display of food. Together with the piano playing by Joseph Cheek, it really was a fantastic showcase of art, music and food creativity,” she said.

More than 200 artists, residents and VIP guests attended the opening, including Living Choice Directors, Graham Hobbs OAM and Ian Tregoning, Unley’s Deputy Mayor, Monica Broniecki, SALA Festival Board Member, Jenna Pickett, art judge Joseph Felber and Patron of the SALA Exhibition at Living Choice, Helen Hammond.

The Master of Ceremonies was the inimitable Keith Conlon OAM, also Living Choice’s Ambassador, who welcomed everyone and thanked the sponsors, Refined Real Estate, Yates Physiotherapy, Savant Energy, myhomefone, Padthaway Grapegrowers and Coopers Brewery.

Keith introduced Graham Hobbs, who acknowledged the initial work of Helen Hammond and the organising committee that followed her. “In 2003, Ian and I were fortunate to purchase a company with the name `Living Choice’. It’s a perfect name that embodies all the activities residents can enjoy at Living Choice villages. This exhibition is a classic example.”

Keith, together with Group GM, Jason Sack and Regional Manager, Katherine Stacey, conducted the auction of a magnificent painting by watercolourist, Jayson Castor (purchased by Heather Woolard), a Magnum of Rockford Basket Press (donated by Graham Hobbs and snapped up by Rod Watson) and a case of Vintage Coopers Beer which was bought by Peter Radovic.

Several art prizes were also awarded: “The Quiet Girl” by Janet Bridgland won the Community Choice award and also won Best Watercolour. Other awards were presented to Anne Harvey for “China Plate” and Sarah Jane for “We are One”.

The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 8pm daily until 27th August and a full program of music recitals, concerts and demonstrations has been arranged. For more details, see SALA - Art Expression @ 123 Fisher - Living Choice Retirement Villages