Little Malop Street will be jumping when the Alleyway Arts Festival kicks off this Saturday 19 February at noon. With a great line up of bands and three art exhibitions on show, the festival will provide a splash of local colour and music around the alleyways of Geelong.
Kubu Studios, upstairs above Balinese restaurant Wayans, is home to one of the exhibitions: the Please Welcome Group Art Show. Featuring the predominantly illustrative works of five emerging artists, Jessica Bellman, Fiona Boyd, Chelsea Gustafsson, Glen Bellman and Jessica Stewart, this is a small exhibition with a big heart. The artists, recent graduates from RMIT, University of Ballarat and Gordon Institute of TAFE, display a strong flair for drawing and design. All the drawings and paintings in the exhibition are characterised by extraordinary attention to detail, subtle shading and a sense of mystery. These are lovingly rendered works that are best appreciated up close.
Ben Neoh curated the Please Welcome Group Art Show and he has plans to run more art events this year under the ‘Please Welcome’ banner. The exhibition runs until Wednesday 23 February at Kubu Studios, 80a Lt Malop St, Geelong.
The other exhibitors in the festival are Anartchy and Oxide Contemporary Arts. Oxide is presenting an exhibition of paintings and prints by local artists Glen Smith, Glen Fry and Kerry Russell.