A chance for Freo, plein and simple

FREMANTLE will have a chance to “win one back” if an exhibition by a century-old arts organisation proves successful this month.

The West Australian Society of Arts has traditionally held its annual exhibition in Perth’s posher western suburbs, but this year is trying out Fremantle, setting up from March 15-17 at the Italian Club on Marine Terrace.

Society member and West End artist Wendy Line says if the exhibition of 200 works attracts a decent crowd, there’s a good chance it could become a permanent fixture on Fremantle’s calendar.

Line says WASA was formed in the 1890s with its original members being responsible for establishing the Art Gallery of WA.

It’s a mix of amateur and professional artists and she says there’s a wide variety of styles on offer in the exhibition, with all paintings up for sale.

Apart from being just around the corner from her Cliff Street studio, this year’s exhibition is a big moment for Line, as it’s the first time her favoured method of plein air painting will have its own category.

“Plein air paintings are created on location to quickly capture the light and feeling of a place,” says Line, who can often be seen on Freo’s street with her sketchbooks.

She uses the sketches as a guide for her larger oil paintings.

“It’s a hugely popular endeavour in the US and Europe, and number of plein air artists are increasing each year in Australia,” Line said.

The exhibition is open daily from 10am-5pm and it’s free to attend.

by STEVE GRANT

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