WA artist Kim Maple has always loved painting nature in its colourful glory.
Her Cottesloe home is decked out with many of her fine works, some celebrating WA’s magnificent southern forests.
“I am a bit of a greenie, you could say,” grins this seasoned artist, who’s held 35 solo exhibitions around Australia and overseas.
Over the years, she’s supported some of the campaigns to save the forests in our south-west, and her paintings have helped raise funds for the cause.
Kim is one of the artists with a connection to PLC (her daughter went there) lending their talents to the school’s upcoming, annual Old Collegian’s Association Art Exhibition.
She’s supplying five oil paintings, all clearly showcasing her appreciation of trees. “As you can tell, I love to include colour in my paintings; you’ll never just find green and brown in my pictures,” says Kim.
Her works will be among those by 60 artists, including Margot Nattrass, Tessa McOnie, Jenny Davies, Margaret Shine and Corrine Barton, whose sculpture, photography, paintings, jewellery and glassware wil be on show at PLC’s new senior school space, from May 13 to 15.
The exhibition’s opening night cocktail event will include a raffle of a Kailis pearl ring and the awarding of the Francesca Nelson Art Award, honouring the much-loved former Old Collegian (1980) who had been heavily involved in the exhibition, who died in 2013.
The exhibition continues over the weekend from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm with entry by gold coin donation. Refreshments will be available all weekend and on Sunday, Olivia Samec and Corinne Barton will be artists in residence. Attendees are invited to vote on the People’s Choice Award, to be announced at the close of the exhibition.
Tickets are now available for opening night on Friday 13 May through TryBooking at www.trybooking.com/KZLL. Tickets are also available at the door for $45.