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HAHNDORF artist Sheila
Whittam has donated a mixed
media drawing of a room at The
Cedars to raise funds for the Heysen
Intimacies of the Cedars depicts the
bedroom of Hans and Sallie Heysen.
A silent auction will be conducted
during an exhibition of Sheila’s work
from January 22 until February 12, at
the Royal SA Society of Arts gallery.
The exhibition Poetics of the Interior
will be opened by Maria Zagala,
associate curator of prints, drawings
and photographs, Art Gallery of SA,
at 2pm on January 22. It includes
works done mainly over the past 10
years, featuring interiors of places
around Adelaide – The Cedars,
Carrick Hill, Sheila’s friends’ homes
as well as some places overseas.
Sheila’s art focuses on interior spaces
and the experience of what it is to
dwell within them.
‘Intimacies of the Cedars’ by Sheila Whittam depicts the bedroom of Hans and Sallie Heysen.
THE Hahndorf Academy is starting
the new year with three very different
Ex Libris by Gabi Lane of Crafers,
above, is a collaboration of book art
and illustration, including her art
works on the pages of books and a
three dimensional installation.
Wild Landscapes by Aldgate
photographer Peter Barrien features
images from as far apart as the
northern Flinders Ranges, wild SA
coasts, NZ and the harsh tundra of
Wind Me Up by David Archer is a
fascinating collection of automata,
reminiscent of the carnivals and
seasides in the Victorian and
At the opening on Friday, January 20,
at 6pm, David will talk about how he
makes his pieces, and will open some
to show how they work.
He is also holding a workshop on
January 24, when each participant
can made their own ‘critterbug’ that
wobbles and flaps. Suitable for eight
to 14-year-olds – bookings essential,
phone 8388 7250.
BEGINNING on Sunday, February 5,
a group of Hills artists will hold
an exhibition at the Anderson Hill
Winery in Lenswood.
The Art for Nature exhibition will
include a variety of nature-based
artwork with artists donating a
percentage of any sales they make
towards a conservation park or
reserve of their choice.
If you enjoy good wine
complemented by excellent food,
scenic surroundings and the prospect
of viewing – and perhaps even buying
an original piece from an eclectic mix
of local, nature-themed artwork – join
us for our inaugural exhibition.
The poster for the show lists the
parks each of the artists is supporting
with some of the artists having made
a statement about their art and the
importance of nature.
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The preserve of cooks
DI CAMENS of Lobethal is known
around the Hills for her jams and
preserves, often setting up her stall
at markets and fairs. And now her
marmalades have received national
Di entered three varieties in the
inaugural Australian Marmalade
Awards, earning silver for her orange
marmalade, and bronze for her
She has been making her delectable
products with the label ‘Di’s
Kitchen’ for about 18 years in a
specially set up kitchen in her shed.
“I buy Australian fruit, as local as
possible,” she said. “I’m thrilled to
win these two awards.”
Di was surprised at the range of
ingredients used by some of the
marmalade-makers. “The overall
winner of the home-made section put
in pina colada, and another entrant
added black pepper,” she said.
The event was organised by the
National Trust of SA, with the
judging and presentation held at
There were about 250 entries from
around Australia and NZ in the
home-made section alone.
After the award presentation, Di
was given the opportunity to pack
up some of the jars to donate as she
“I took about 150 jars to the Lobethal
Nursing Home,” she said. “The
residents were very pleased, but not
sure about the marmalade with black
Award-winning marmalade-maker Di Camens of Lobethal.
By Melissa Keogh
FOR Hahndorf artist Sheila
Whittam creating a masterpiece
isn’t just about the quality of her
brushes or the thickness of her paint.
It’s grand European buildings,
the interior of friend’s houses and
forgotten spaces from her childhood
which inspire her art.
But it was an artist residency at Sir
Hans Heysen’s Hahndorf home The
Cedars in 2012 which she believes
truly strengthened her passion for
“That really triggered me off to start
exploring more and more the meaning
of interior space,” she said.
“I was able to look at Hans Heysen’s
work and all his old letters and books.
“It’s a treasure trove and all there as if
he’s just gone out for the day.”
Sheila is a fellow of the Royal
Society of the Arts SA (RSASA) and
is hosting a solo exhibition of works
from the past 10 years reflecting
places she has visited throughout her
The exhibition, Poetics of the Interior,
will launch at the RSASA gallery in
January and features 25 paintings and
a collection of encaustic works.
Encaustic art is an ancient technique
using heated beeswax and pigment
One of the Poetics of the Interior
pieces will be auctioned off in
February and proceeds will go to the
Hans Heysen Foundation.
Sheila said she was unsure how
much the piece would fetch, but the
funds would play a small part in the
campaign to secure The Cedars for
The Hans Heysen Foundation is
running a multi-million dollar
campaign to purchase The Cedars
from the Heysen family and build a
cultural centre on the property.
Poetics of the Interior will launch at
the RSASA gallery in Adelaide on
January 22, at 2pm and continue until
Sheila is also hosting a short art
course ‘Finding Meaning in Making’
at the Aldgate Baptist Church from
The course aims to help people of
all ages and skill levels to find their
creative spark again.
To more information email
Hahndorf artist Sheila Whittam will launch a solo exhibition at
the Royal Society of the Arts SA gallery in January, inspired by the
interior spaces, including Sir Hans Heysen’s home in Hahndorf.
Meaning in making
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