'Water - Our Life Source' was officially opened last week

With the South Australian Living Artists Festival well underway across the state, Mannum celebrated the opening of their own exhibition last week.

20 Mid Murray artists will showcase their works in Water – Our Life Source, presented in a range of mediums and forms from sculptures, canvas works, photography and more, until September 2 in the Arnold Gallery at the Mannum Dock Museum.

Curator Valerie Cox said the SALA Festival was a fantastic opportunity for both established artists and up and coming artistic talent to showcase their works.

“It is also a chance for the residents of the Mid Murray to view talented artists in our beautiful region,” she said.

“New artists to the exhibition this year are Ruth Blacket, Jay Wynen, Helen Wotton, Kym Bond, Terry Chamberlain, Colleen Moyne, Petra Sanchez, Robin Seidel, Bindi Wilson, Den O’Neil and Katherine Wicker.

“We are also bringing back the amazing talents of Michael Chorney, Jacky Charleston, Lyn Wood, Steve Oatway, Sandy Kuehne, Clint and Liz Frankel, Jan Klose, Courtney Paech and Ben O’Connor.”

Mid Murray Mayor Dave Burgess said SALA in Mannum had launched the careers of a number of regional artists as their works are on show and available for sale on a permanent basis at the Mannum Visitor Information Centre.

“The festival brings together multiple artistic mediums from across our region and provides the confidence and opportunity for hidden artists to profile their works for the first time,” Mr Burgess said.

“Mannum Creative Communities have presented the recent Women’s Work – Then and Now at Mannum’s Arnold Gallery which has received widespread accolades and no doubt this year’s SALA will be yet another great success.”

Mid Murray councillor Kelly Kuhn opened the exhibition and said the theme, Water – Our Life Source, was ‘right on point’, given the lowest recorded rainfall for July in 19 years.

“From first time exhibitors to stalwarts of display, SALA is the perfect platform for all artists and challenges our perception of traditional ideas of art.

“Some of these people would never have imagined their work would be on display.

“There are so many stories, so many dreams, so many hours of love and devotion for our community to visit the gallery and experience themselves.

Entry to the Mannum SALA festival is free, with viewing hours taking place from 10am to 4pm daily.