Local artists in the spotlight during August

FESTIVAL: Port Lincoln artist Jaquiline Carmichael will be part of the SALA Festival next month. Photo: Supplied

FESTIVAL: Port Lincoln artist Jaquiline Carmichael will be part of the SALA Festival next month. Photo: Supplied

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is taking place throughout August, with the work of local artists to be highlighted.

The festival is a statewide celebration of visual art that promotes the work of South Australian artists.

SALA events and exhibitions will be hosted on Eyre Peninsula, including in Port Lincoln, Cummins and Wudinna.

Among the three exhibitions to be hosted in Port Lincoln is local artist Jaquiline Carmichael's 'Souls of the Sun'.

It will be available to view throughout August at The Rogue & Rascal at 64 Tasman Terrace, from 7am to 3pm on Monday to Friday, and 7am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

After weaving for the past six years following an accident which saw her lose some of her fingers, Ms Carmichael said she was excited to be part of SALA for the first time and that it was important local artists had a spotlight to shine.

"I am excited and apprehensive at the same time," she said.

"It is really important for artists to be showcased locally and not just in Adelaide or other cities, because we have so much talent in Port Lincoln and across Eyre Peninsula.

"It is important for community support to be able to lift local artists, and for people to get out and enjoy different art."

Her exhibition is a series of weavings associated with women and the ocean, and is a "celebration of women in surf".

"It is inspired by local women, but not just locals, rather all women around the world," she said.

"I always say that women surfing are graceful."

Also taking place in Port Lincoln is an exhibition from local artist Brenton Bailey and Karl James of Whyalla, in their first collaborative show.

The 'Telling Stories' exhibition will be hosted at Nautilus Arts Centre from Tuesday, August 17 until Saturday, September 25, with viewings every Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 3pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

In addition is 'Freedom of Expression' by amateur artists of Bedford's Day Options program in Port Lincoln, and will include mediums such as drawing, multimedia, painting, print-making, sculpture and textiles.

The exhibition will be on display at Bedford Group Port Lincoln at 30 Coronation Place, from Monday, August 2 to Friday, August 13, from 10am to 3.30pm on Monday to Friday.

The opening event will be on Wednesday, August 4 at 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

The Cummins School Community Library will be the host for 'Cummins Creative', an exhibition by Cummins Area School students.

The exhibition is a collection of work from young emerging artists aged 11 to 16, with examples of themes on display being 'self' and 'local surroundings', produced through a variety of mediums.

It will run from Tuesday, August 3 until Friday, August 27 and can be viewed every Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

The opening event will take place on Thursday, August 5 from 3.30pm to 5pm.

Wudinna will host 'Stories of Change', which will include pieces from reception to year 7 students at Wudinna Area School, who have created artworks using a variety of mediums around the theme of 'change' to depict the changing social, physical and environmental landscape over time.

The exhibition will be available to view at the Wudinna and Districts Memorial Hall on the corner of Ballantyne Street and De Latour Street on Friday, August 20 from 4pm to 6pm.

Despite the statewide lockdown, SALA officials are hopeful the festival will go ahead as planned.

"At the moment SALA Festival will be going ahead post-lockdown in its current form," a statement on the SALA Festival Facebook page said.

"We will be monitoring the situation as it develops, following all current state government restrictions and will pass along any changes to the festival as they happen.

"We are looking forward to sharing an art-filled August with you all."