Croatian artists connect

Port Lincoln's Rick and Maya Kolega will show photography in the first ever SALA Festival exhibition to feature South Australian artists with Croatian heritage.

Croatian Connections was conceived by the newly formed Croatian Arts Project, whose objective is to acknowledge and promote the creative arts among members of the Croatian community and share this with the broader public.

The exhibition, which opens on August 24, features 13 artists working in sculpture, painting, photography and mixed media.

Mr Kolega the work he and his daughter were showing in the exhibition would be an extension of what they had been working on over the last couple of years.

Both were approached to be involved in the exhibit and despite being pretty laid back about it, said it was a privilege.

Mr Kolega's images are a mix of some of his old and new work of beach scenes and Miss Kolega's photographs are more portrait focused.

"We were approached by the curator, being of Croatian decent,"

Artists represented are based all around the state including Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge and Wudinna.

Whether the artists migrated to Australia as children, adults, or are now second-generation, each has some association with their Croatian roots, an affinity which is reflected in their respective art practices.

Croatian Connections will be on display from Saturday, August to Friday, September 13 at Gallery One (1 Torrens Street, Mitcham). The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm.