SALA Festival exhibits planned for Port Lincoln

Tania ABJ will have her work on display as part of the SALA Festival. Photo: supplied

Tania ABJ will have her work on display as part of the SALA Festival. Photo: supplied

Local artists will have once again have a showcase for their latest works through South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival events throughout August.

Each year the festival stage to promote and celebrate visual artists across South Australia and extend the audience for visual arts.

The Nautilus Arts Centre will hold three exhibitions from August 1 featuring four artists.

Martin Van Rooijen and Susan Tingay will display their works in the Rotary Gallery in the exhibition 'Unlocking the Sounds of Nature' featuring canvas and sculpture, while Elle Freeman will showcase a mixture of media in 'A Body of Works by Elle Freeman' in the foyer.

Finally Tania ABJ will feature in 'Faces of Change: Corona Perspectives' in Rogue and Rascal, which followed her exhibition 'The Garden Where Fairies Play' at last year's festival.

Nautilus Arts Centre coordinator Georgina Shirley said the exhibitions would be open until September 16.

She said the centre left it to the artists about what they wanted to display.

"There are so many inspirational and high quality artists in the Eyre Peninsula region, which makes it so easy for us to curate exhibitions," she said.

Ms Shirley said there had been a movement to present a virtual exhibition, and an aspect of the Nautilus exhibitions would be presented virtually.

However she said there was something special about seeing the art in person.

"We're thankful for SALA Festival to see past limitations that COVID presented and encouraged different ways for artists and venues to take part this year, including free entry," she said.

Axel Stenross Maritime Museum will also aim to take part in this year's festival with an exhibition called 'Wood, Metal, Glass' which it aims to start from August 1.

The exhibition will feature furniture or artworks created from found metal, wood, glass or combination, featuring artists Derek Huntley and Don McNair.

The museum's public relations officer Pauline Heinonen, who would possibly feature works in the exhibition, said this was the first time the museum had taken part in the festival.

"We're interested to see different types of exhibitions at the museum and we considered the SALT Festival as a possibility, but it's been cancelled this year so we thought SALA was a good opportunity," she said.