Port Lincoln to host two SALA Festival events

A number of Eyre Peninsula artists will display their latest works as part of the 2019 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, which includes two events in Port Lincoln.

The SALA Festival has been held across South Australia since 1998 to promote the state's many visual artists and extend the audience for their work.

There will be five events on Eyre Peninsula with two in Port Lincoln.

On display at the Nautilus Arts Centre from August 1, 'Collective Perspective: SALA at the NAC' will involve solo exhibitions from Port Lincoln artists Tania Carpinelli and Belili Valkyrie, Whyalla artists Frances Hill and Karl James as well as Adelaide-based Aboriginal artist Kunyi June Anne McInerney.

Miss Valkyrie is exhibiting her art for the first time and said while she worked with many different mediums, this exhibition would feature her watercolour and pencil work.

She said she was excited and nervous about the exhibition but was thankful to have a platform like SALA to display her work.

"For someone like me it's a great platform that I'm excited to use," she said.

Port Lincoln will also host an exhibition by Kyancutta artist Veronica Skipworth called 'Colours of Mindfulness' at Lincoln Local between August 8 and 10.

Mrs Skipworth said her art form was encaustic wax art, which involved using a small metal-based iron to paint coloured bees wax across glossy surfaces such as card, perspex and glass.

"This is my second year in doing the SALA Festival as last year I organised being at Mount Dutton Woolshed, Art Gallery and Cafe thanks to Jacqui Giles, but this year I wanted to do an art exhibition in my hometown of Port Lincoln," she said.

"Having SALA Festival each year gives me the opportunity to promote my art form and myself to a wider community through the SALA Festival website and in their printed program."

Mrs Skipworth will also be holding workshops on August 8, 9 and 10 between 10.30am and 4.30pm, open to all ages.

For the full program of events on Eyre Peninsula and across the state, visit the SALA website.