That was our reaction as we walked into PLC’s annual art show last night.
(And that was even before trays of smoked salmon blini, enticing sandwiches and Flametree wines were proffered to us by beaming students in tartan.)
No, it was the abundance of quality art, from former students, family members and friends of the school, that was so impressive.
Artist Narelle Manser-Smith has done an outstanding job in curating this year’s works so that every piece, no matter where hung, looks at you and says “take me home and hang me up.”
And many of the enthusiastic crowd were quick to do just that; red stickers were leaping onto the walls within minutes of the doors opening.
Tessa Mackay, a PLC 2008 “old girl” who this year won the Archibald Packing Prize for her portrait of David Wenham, had six works on display and gave a fascinating talk to the 200-strong crowd.
No longer just a colourful fundraising event for the school, the Old Collegians Association’s exhibition has gradually morphed into an important showcase of work celebrating some of WA’s most talented artists.
With many local galleries now gone, the importance of this kind of event in highlighting the work of our local creatives can not be overemphasised.
To see works by Leone Broadhurst, Aurelie Yeo, Leon Pericles, Shelley Cowper, Ray Eastwood, Narelle Manser-Smith, Kim Maple, Narelle Pendlebury, Louise Farnay – to name just a few of the many talented artists – head to PLC this weekend.
Venue: PLC Senior School Foyer (entrance off McNeil Street)
Continuing Exhibition: Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm