SALA Festival exhibition opens at
Living Choice Fullarton

In South Australia every August, the biggest art festival in the world is celebrated with thousands of artists participating and more than 600 events. One of the best exhibitions is held at Living Choice Fullarton and the opening was celebrated in style by around 200 art lovers on Thursday 4th August.

The month-long “Art Expression @123 Fisher” exhibition at Fullarton includes a collection of 86 artworks by 44 talented artists, including by members of the Fullarton Art Space. The exhibition was first conceived by resident and artist, Helen Hammond in 2016 and has been held every year, except in 2020, due to COVID. In latter years, Helen has been joined by co-curator, Joan Ogden, to arrange the exhibition.

It’s a formidable project and Joan says they could not deliver it without the help of many resident volunteers. “We value the skills of the engineers, sound and light technicians, the receiving and hanging team plus the SALA team who have been working for months behind the scenes.”

To thank Helen for her efforts over the six years, Village Manager, Simon Pavelic presented her with a gift. Group General Manager, Jason Sack, also added his thanks to Helen, Joan and all the volunteers.

The Master of Ceremonies for the opening was the inimitable Keith Conlon OAM, Living Choice’s SA Ambassador who has been the MC of the event since its inception. This year’s exhibition was officially opened by SALA Board Member, Sarah Boucart, who encouraged everyone to participate in all the diverse opportunities offered by SALA.

Well-known artist, Lyn Robins, gave an inspiring address encouraging all the artists to keep working and learning. Fittingly, Lyn was awarded first prize in the Residents’ Choice Award and resident Anne Radovic won 2nd prize.

Adding to the ambience was the wonderful music by pianist Kerin Bailey, who was also joined by Keith Conlon playing a drum. The food - provided by onsite restaurant, Castello’s Cucina - and the drinks flowed, thanks to some very generous sponsors. These included Padthaway Grapegrowers & Vignerons, Morambro Creek, Jip Jip Rocks, Bryson Family, Oparina Wines and Coopers Brewery.

The exhibition is open daily until 27th August from 10am to 8pm. There is also an exciting program of events running throughout the month. For full details, see below (click here).


SALA Program of Events for August

Saturday 6th August
10am – 12 noon

Lyn Robins – Coast and Sea Demonstration. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.
Call 0400 575 649 or book in person via the sign-up sheet in the Foyer. Cost: $15 at the door.

Sunday 7th August
2pm – 4pm

Harry and Ned Baulderstone – Guitar and Vocals music. Bookings essential on 0417 852 380.
Cost: $25 at door. Residents $10.

Wednesday 10th August

Antonio and Kate Villano in the Great Hall – Songs from stage, screen and opera.
Cost: Cash donation.

Saturday 13th August
10am – 12 noon

Sandra Johnson in the Auditorium – Botanical drawing with coloured pencils/prisma.
Limited spaces. Bookings essential 0400 575 649. Cost $15.

Sunday 14th August

State Opera in the Auditorium – Young Artists in Concert.
Booking essential 0417 852 380. Cost: $25. Residents $10.

Wednesday 17th August

Kathie Renner in the Great Hall – Mellow vocal and piano.
Cost: Cash donation.

Saturday 20th August
10am – 12 noon

Kathleen Cain in the Auditorium – Wildlife Pastels Workshop – Fur on Koala.
Limited spaces. Bookings essential 0400 575 649. Cost: $15.

Saturday 20th August

Free Wine Tasting in the Great Hall with Andrew Bryson and Phil Brown from Morambo Creek, Bryson Family, Jip Jip Rocks and Oparina Wines, Padthaway. Followed by a Mediterranean Dinner. Bookings 7111 2690.

Sunday 21st August
2pm – 4pm

Bill and John in the Auditorium – Walk Right Back.
Bookings essential 0417 852 380. Cost $25. $10 Residents.

Wednesday 24th August
5pm – 6pm

Lillian Camphausen, Shirin Lim, Claire Oremland in the Great Hall. Piano, Violin and Cello Trio.
Cost: Cash donation.

Saturday 27th August
10am – 12 noon

Margaret Tuckey in the Auditorium – Watercolour, Flowers. Bookings essential 0400 575 649.
Cost: $15 at door.

Sunday 28th August
3pm – 4pm

Night Follows Day – Two Voices, Two Harps in the Great Hall – Emma Horwood and Vishnya.
Bookings essential 0417 852 380. Cost $25. $10 Residents.