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The vibrancy and creative energy of residents and friends of Living Choice's retirement village in Fullarton was showcased to perfection at the official opening of Art Expression @123 Fisher on Thursday 1st August. The popular annual event, which forms part of the SALA Festival, features 138 artworks by 55 artists, including 22 paintings by members of the village’s own art group, Fullarton Art Space.
The opening was sponsored by Living Choice, Toop & Toop and Coopers Brewery.
This is the fourth year that Fullarton has hosted the art exhibition and Graham paid tribute to the two residents who had done a power of work to make it possible, Helen Hammond and Joan Ogden.
“Their work is typical of the energy and activity of residents in this village. “People come here to live, not die. What we don’t do here is loneliness”, he added.
Unley City Mayor, Michael Hewitson, who officially opened the exhibition, praised the residents for being such “an outwardly looking village”. “This is what we want in Unley – it’s such a welcoming place. We have had council budget meetings here and people enjoy coming here for a coffee or a meal. It’s definitely not a place to die.”
He congratulated the exhibition curators and artists on the wide variety of art on show and also snapped up the Strap Metal Pear sculpture by Manning Sculptures which was auctioned by master auctioneer, Bronte Manuel of Toop & Toop. Heather Jensen was the successful bidder for the second item on auction, a beautiful painting titled Sunflowers by Margaret Tuckey which was donated by Joan Ogden.
The hotly contested Residents’ Choice prize was won by Ela Hardy. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 3pm until 24th August and an exciting music program has also been lined up. To view the full program, click here.