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Skin ‘n’ Bone: Liz Butler and Nadia Caon

Bark snake, Liz Butler

. . . looking at surface, layers and tension through print, collage and drawing.

Artist, Sue Michael, on opening Skin n Bone, said:

Popular culture implodes here in this space. Something that stretches beyond our fullest understanding, to a timeless universal world has been notated, with all its staccato flows and systemised patterning, courtesy of these artists’ hands. They have scrutinised the horizons, and the fine details, through a trustworthy and mature grasp of lived experience. Through their travail they have navigated a secluded, fundamental, resonating, enigmatic course to a meeting place with the clearly invisible. We are thankful for their efforts.

Liz Butler and Nadia Caon share a studio in the Adelaide Hills – and they seem to share so much more . . . the work of each complements the other beautifully, and with ease.

Threads of time, Liz Butler

Liz’s work is inspired by her life-changing experience of working with Indigenous communities and her many years of travelling to remote areas of the country. Generally leaning toward the amalgamation of natural and artificial materials, she is now pursuing the combinations of video work and experimental printmaking, to expand a sculpture and installation practice that conveys her encounter and emotional connection to the land.

Walk a fine line, Liz Butler

I am intuitively drawn to the use of natural materials: aiming to ‘touch lightly’ to express connection, seeing surfaces as skin or maps identifying location but screening what lies beneath.                      Liz

Rust plate, Liz Butler

Nadia is an emerging artist. She currently produces works using myriad printing techniques. The long, meditative processes involved in producing her works are as essential as their final form. She draws inspiration from the presence and importance that textiles, and creating with textiles, has had in shaping her own life and that of her family.

Skins, Nadia Caon

I view clothing and textiles that are worn as the outermost layer of skin on the human body. Like skin, they are deeply imprinted with the ways that human beings have lived. My layering of printing techniques reflects the layering of these experiences.                                                                              Nadia

Skinned and Untethered, Nadia Caon

Skin n Bone is on show at Mrs Harris’ Shop until Sunday 29 October. To see this beautiful work, visit on Saturday or Sunday 11am – 3pm, when one of the artists will be present. Take the time for a chat!

Bark Plate, Nadia Caon

Bears and Blooms 3: Bittondi Printmakers

Welcome back Bittondi Printmakers!

Julie Milton’s linocut: Take Care of the Bear

This time, the fabulous team – and a few extras – have assembled an exhibition of hand-made prints to raise awareness of the plight of endangered species. In particular, the exhibition is dedicated to the protection, preservation and enrichment of the lives of Asian Sun Bears – bears that are mercilessly exploited to feed the demand for bear bile, still used in traditional medicines.

Sunbears and Sunflowers: linocut with hand colouring by Ava Jarldon

As the title indicates, you’ll find more than bears to enjoy in this exhibition: sunflowers, whales, lizards, birds . . .

Julia Wakefield: relief photo-polymer, hand coloured, hosho chine colle

Twenty two artists have contributed to Bears and Blooms, among them, Bittondi members and outside artists, including nine students from Aberfoyle Park High School. (The school provides Bittondi with its studio and a wonderful reciprocal relationship!) It’s the third print exchange for this cause.

Budgial Waters: photo polymer by Georgia Plowman

Thanks to these artists for their contributions: June Chin, Grant Tucker, Julie Milton, Camilo Esparza, Ashley Lithgow, Anne Miles, Mary Pulford, Mary Patricia Mitchell, Larissa MacFarlane, Sonia Jensen, Jo Mildenhall, Julia Wakefield, Wendy Wright and the nine artists from Aberfoyle Park: Kaleisha Condello, Aislinn Dobson, Charlotte Beddoes, Ava Jarldorn, Megan Ironside, Emily Calder, Georgia Plowman, Theresa Villunger and Catharina Gaigg – under the tutelage of Kate Toop.

Helianthus: photo polymer by Aislinn Dobson

In such an exchange, each artist produces an edition of ten prints – but only one is for sale. Another is archived by Bittondi, the remaining eight are distributed among the participants – each artist receives a surprise package of eight unique prints in exchange for their own edition. Proceeds from the sale of the prints go to Free the Bears.

Larissa MacFarlane’s linocut: Sleepy Lizard Dreaming

For a very reasonable price, you benefit in several ways: you help release, rehabilitate and house sun bears; you receive an original, hand-made art work; you support artists through the purchase of original art work.

Hozho: linocut by Jo Mildenhall

Bears and Blooms 3 is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 11am – 3pm until October 1.

Camilo Esparza: Looking for Love, waterless lithography

Bittondi Printmakers Association runs regular workshops at its Studio – check the website or facebook page for details. During regular studio opening times, a Bittondi member is present and can answer questions about the exciting art of printmaking.

Mary Pulford’s linocut with chine colle, with hand colouring


Escape to Everywhere

August is SALA time – an eagerly awaited time of the year, with a feast of exhibitions.

A new direction for Donna Gynell: gorgeous collage to illustrate ‘Dancing with Ruby’ by Jayne Dance

August also means Children’s Book Week and this year, at Mrs Harris’ Shop, we decided to celebrate this wonderful event with a SALA exhibition of six talented South Australian children’s book illustrators.

Andrew Joyner’s latest ‘The Pink Hat’

Escape to everywhere (this year’s theme for Children’s Book Week) has been coordinated by artist Sally Heinrich, and features Sally, Donna Gynell, Jennifer Harrison, Andrew Joyner, David Kennett and Tim Ide and illustrations from, their latest works.

Jennifer Harrison’s delicate coloured pencil drawings in ‘Olivia’s Voice’, written by Mike Lucas

These talented and experienced artists, via their latest illustrations, have created a beautiful exhibition – one that makes you want to escape to wherever it wants to take you!

Sally Heinrich's illustrations for Papa Sky, by Jane Jolly, due for release shortly

Sally Heinrich’s beautiful illustrations for Papa Sky, by Jane Jolly, due for release shortly

We apologise that David’s and Tim’s works do not appear here. David’s work included pieces from his book ‘Armistice’, Tim’s from Kirsten Weidenbach’s story of Sir Sidney Kidman, King of the Outback.


Stories of when love made a difference

At Mrs Harris’ Shop, we enjoy a strong sense of community. It’s really important to us that our immediate community feels a sense of pride and ownership in what we do.

It is with great delight that we are hosting a very special exhibition – one which is a huge departure from anything we’ve ever done before and one to which that whole sense of community is essential.

Stories of when love made a difference grew out of a rising sense of concern about the ease with which people are finding fault with others, and responding with anger or hurt.

At its centre is the assumption that when it all boils down, we have a choice between love and fear.

Workshop in progress


As we set out to explore this, a question came that seemed to take us right where we needed t be. “What would love do?” asked in times of distress takes us quickly to our best selves. It’s been a journey to get here. The bus is our representation of this. Around 150 people joined us on the bus, making gifts for this exhibition, small expressions of their desire to see love rather than fear win the day.

They joined in at workshops in schools, community centres and at an array of ‘get-togethers’. The work they produced ranged from sophisticated designs to simple expressions of love, all on aluminium sheet, some bursting with colour, others relying on the beauty of the design for impact. Many are accompanied by the story that inspired them – some funny, others touching – but all expressing the importance of love, to us as individuals and as a community.

They ranged in age from under 8, up to 80 – established artists, children, talented craftspeople (including two CWA contingents) – and many others, just willing to ‘have a go’.

The exhibition is inspired by Pakistani buses and trucks that are covered in light reflective vinyl, cut to ornate patterns. On a dark night, on a mountain road, when headlights hit them, they explode into a radiant statement. This exhibition is our statement in the name of love, used not in small fuzzy kitchness, but in loud joyous recognition that it is what connects us together and to our best selves.

The ‘bus’ that started it all! Come in during the exhibition to ‘have a go’ and add your piece to the bunting on the bus.

To Kate Simpson, for the original idea, Barb Donaldson, community instigator extraordinaire, Jane Greet, artistic director and colour queen – and their amazing band of helpers – thank you for the love, the wonderful exhibition, the happiness and colour that you have brought to Mrs Harris’ Shop with Stories of when love made a difference.

Proceeds from sales will be donated to Adam Goode’s Go Foundation.

Stories of when love made a difference is showing at Mrs Harris’ Shop on Saturdays and Sundays (11am – 3pm) until July 30.

Shine the light, with this gorgeous candle holder

Portals, by Four

No, not ‘four portals’, but four textile artists exploring their work and directions with their chosen media.

Four is made up of four delightful women who studied together and decided to continue their friendship and camaraderie beyond their formal studies.

Sandra Obst, Jean Haese, Ruth Galpin and Jane Greet came from varied backgrounds but, dare I say it, are linked by a common thread – a love of textiles.

Their works are as different as they are – their personalities shine through, but it’s clear that they have more in common than an interest in textiles. They are all extremely talented women!

Each has created warm, tactile pieces that sing out their vibrant colours.

Jean’s love of Japan and Japanese fabrics (including fabulous antique pieces) are reflected in her mottainai and boro works, plus two vibrant pieces using contemporary fabrics.


Ruth’s stunning ‘Brush strokes’ feature hand printed commercial and hand-dyed fabrics with mono and reflect Nature’s inspiration.

Sandra’s work abounds in colour and texture – formed by machine and hand stitching and fabric or even paper that has often had a previous life.

Jane has departed from the group ‘norm’ in that the ‘textiles’ in her works are created on canvas. Fabulous colours leap out from her still life creations featuring the likes of carpets or drapes, Chinese vases or plates and luscious fruit.



Faces behind the Feasts: for Tasting Australia

Janice Lane portrayed cooper, Alex John


Kalangadoo’s Apple Queen, Michelle McColl, by Dagny Strand

A little late getting this fun exhibition up on the website – but it hasn’t stopped lots of people stopping by to have a look at The faces behind the feasts.


Maevella – two favourites by Toni Corso


Each year, to celebrate the Tasting Australia festival and our fabulous food culture here in South Australia, Mrs Harris’ Shop stages a special exhibition.

Ian Corbett’s ‘Muratti Boy’

Tasting Australia sets a theme and we follow suit – our exhibition becomes part of the ‘associated events’ program for the festival.

Visual Feast by mosaic artist, Carol Hill

This year’s theme, ‘people’ set the tone – and it was obvious that portraits would be the order of the day. The brief to artists was fairly open – it didn’t have to be someone famous – just someone that they associated with producing a ‘feast’.

Daniel Sutherland portrayed his grandfather, an orange grower from the Riverland


Judy Morris’ ‘Jason’ from The Gourmet on Main

So, the result is a great mix: some well-known faces to a grandfather, a cooper to a winemaker – and everything in between!

‘Scott’ by Ron Penrose

Twelve artists joined our celebration and have given us a visual party with drawings, paintings in oil, watercolour and acrylic, photography, print and even a mosaic.

Louise Basher’s ‘Poh’


And, Debby Haskard-Strauss’ Poh in ‘Made from Scratch’

Thanks to Carol Hill, Janice Lane, Dagny Strand, Karen Waller, Debby Haskard-Strauss, Ian Corbett, Judy Morris, Ron Penrose, Daniel Sutherland, Toni Corso, Lou Basher and Ros McDougall – pop in to meet some of the artists and have a chat about their work.

Karen Waller photographed Tuoi Do from ‘Fermentasian’


Fragments: Figs and Cheese

Welcome to our latest exhibition: Fragments, the work of Figs and Cheese:

  • Jenny Dupont
  • Ros McDougall
  • Lindi Harris
  • Valerie Lewis
  • Jo Gilbert

Four of the five met while they were studying visual arts at TAFE – they continued their friendship and were joined by Valerie. They get together regularly to chat about techniques and the like, and to work and experiment together. The pursuit of their art includes their own brand of PD – attending exhibitions.

Over a longish lunch one day, they decided that the time had come to ‘bite the bullet’ and exhibit as a group.

In the name of efficiency, the next logical step, before the work began in earnest, was to find a name for the group.

Guess what they were having for lunch that day? You’re right: it was figs and cheese.

That was some time ago now and the group went on to stage a successful exhibition at Gallery M.

And that brings us to Fragments – the second group exhibition for the Figgies.

Fragments of what, I hear you ask?

For the best answer to this one, pop in to Mrs Harris’ Shop and take a good look close around the room, you’ll see some obvious fragments:

  • Ros McDougall’s shells, for example, are very clearly not the perfect specimens that you might find on your beach walk, but the fragments of shells on which the ocean and sand have left their mark – Ros has found beauty in those fragments and portrayed them here in her beautiful lino cuts and mixed media works.

  • Lindi Harris’ tiny, complex pieces are based on fragments of poetry of the ancient Greek poet, Sappho – only fragments of her poetry remain. What a fabulous collection! I’m sure they’ll keep you busy for ages, exploring the detail in them.

  • Jenny Dupont loves to work with nature – her delicate prints of fragments of grasses and seed heads are just beautiful –if Jenny’s work is anything to go by and reflects her personality, then she has a very gentle nature.

  • Valerie Lewis’ batiks are on fragments of fabric – and what a fabulous way to use them! Anyone who is into fabircs knows just how many of those can accumulate! And to add some variety, Valerie has included a couple of little prints and her ‘Ginger Jar’.

  • Last of all, Jo Gilbert has produced some rather complex pieces on fragments of paper. There are four magpies on the wall, not because she didn’t have enough pieces for the exhibition, but because she got hooked into experimenting with using different papers. You can see the results from each paper type – all quite different and special in their own way.

There are other fragments too – fragments of memories and collections, for example – it’s all part of the fun to work out what they might be.

Fragments is showing until Sunday 23 April, including Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend.

Mrs Harris’ Shop is open 11am – 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

Two Fringe exhibitions for Mrs Harris’ Shop!

Welcome to our 2017 Fringe exhibitions!

This year, we wanted to celebrate Fringe in a BIG way!  And, what better way to do that, but to go bigger?

At Mrs Harris’ Shop, in its usual place, we have a delightful exhibition  inspired by Alli Symons’ love of people and things Japanese.


And, at Caffe L’Incontro, in Gay’s Arcade in the city centre, we are showing more of Ian Corbett’s fabulous desserts, in Ain’t it sweet?


Reflections and reminiscences of Japan: Alli Symons

Alli Symons is a lover of things Japanese  –  and this passion has manifested itself in a series of works that reflect the simple style of art from Japan.

Alli has travelled through Japan many times; she has hosted many travellers and students in her home – and she is an avid collector of bits and pieces, including paper.

Her memories, treasured friendships, collections and recollections have come together to form this exhibition –  Reflections and reminiscences of Japan.

Enjoy Alli’s delightful pieces – the colours and textures – and the little surprises that found objects bring to them.

Visit Reflections and reminiscences of Japan during the Fringe season – the exhibition is open on Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 3pm until 19 March.



Ain’t it sweet: Ian Corbett

Who can forget the luscious oil paintings of desserts that Ian Corbett ‘brings to the table’?

And we think we’ve found a great spot where you can enjoy them.

Pop in to that fabulous little coffee shop in Gay’s arcade, Caffe L’Incontro.  Meet host, Federico, who makes terrific coffee and serves delicious meals – just the thing to have with Ian’s visual feast of gooey chocolate, glistening pears and sparkling jellies.

Perfect Fringe fare!  Ain’t it sweet  is on show, Monday – Saturday, during cafe hours until Fringe end.  The works are for sale!

Thanks to Federico and Caffe L’Incontro staff for joining us on this journey!


Gordon Mart’s Adelaide

South Glenelg

The late Gordon Mart was a multi-talented man. Along with skills in design, tool-making and woodworking, he was an accomplished artist and a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts.  His skills as a maker of fine easels was regularly in demand by fellow members of the Royal Society.

Following his death (at the age of 96) in July last year, Gordon’s family must now part with his extensive collection – hence this exhibition of but a small proportion of his work.

From Mount Barker

As a young man, just few years after starting work, he enrolled in drawing classes, which he continued throughout the years of World War II. A little later, as a recipient of the John Christie Wright Prize for Life Drawing, he was able to continue classes and the discipline of drawing from the figure became central to his artistic development.

Self portrait – sporting his trademark beret

A growing family resulted in somewhat of a hiatus in his art studies until the early 1970s. This time he turned to sketching and outdoor painting. He also developed considerable skills as a portrait painter.

However, it is his landscapes, beautifully executed in oils, that feature in Gordon Mart’s Adelaide. His rendition of skies, clouds and reflection was masterful.

Port River

The exhibition shows more than forty of his paintings, dating from the early 1980s, portraying some of his favourite subjects, including Port Adelaide, the South Australian coast and the Adelaide Hills.

He believed in the importance of structure in painting, underpinned by sound drawing. A delightful display of just a tiny proportion of his sketchbook collection is evidence of his dedication to this pursuit.

Port Stanvac from Henley Beach

This exhibition marks a small departure from our normal routine: it’s a ‘cash and carry’ (or if you prefer a ‘credit and carry’) arrangement.  You can take your purchase with you and hang it straight away!

If you choose to visit Gordon Mart’s Adelaide over the next couple of weekends, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with Gordon’s daughter and son-in-law to gain an insight into this most interesting man.

Mount Sonder

Gordon Mart’s Adelaide is open at Mrs Harris’ Shop on Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 3pm until Sunday 5 February.

Port Noarlunga





Jo Harris

January 2017

Animalia: Sarah Livingston

In our final exhibition for 2016, we welcome animal lover and painter, Sarah Livingston, with Animalia.


Her bold and bright animal portraits will certainly add cheer to your day – but they also come as a sober reminder of our responsibilities to the animal world.

Sarah holds a deep belief in our responsibility, to not only co-exist with animals in what she calls our ‘Earth zoo’, but to protect and nurture them.


‘The extinction of any other creature is a slur on our ability to accept fully the role we have taken upon ourselves as custodians of this zoo and so diminishes us and weakens our position.’

And, just for some variety, Sarah has added a few botanical subjects for your enjoyment.magnoliaIn addition to framed paintings (in water colour and gouache), Sarah has included in the exhibition, several un-framed paintings, a series of prints and a beautiful collection of greeting cards, book plates and book marks.


Any of these items make for fabulous Christmas gifts, so hurry in to make a dent in your Christmas shopping!


Please note that this exhibition is shorter than most – it will close on Sunday 18 December. We are open as usual, from 11am – 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.