Sharing the Magic of Art

Published on 18 June 2013
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Helen Norton

Zig Zag Gallery artist of the month Helen Norton last night brought her magic world of art to life for over twenty-five young budding artists aged 5 to 13 years who were invited to a special mentoring session with the nationally renowned artist.

The children, studying under the tutelage of independent art teacher Fiona Bryce Fasolo, were mesmerized from the moment they entered the Gallery, absorbing the magical world portrayed in many of Helen’s paintings before listening intently to her 1-hour inspirational talk.

Acting CEO Clayton Higham said, “It is a delight to have someone of Helen’s calibre exhibit at the Gallery, and equally as rewarding to have her meet with some of our upcoming young artists to share her insights and inspirations on how she started painting as a child.”

“Helen talked about her art practice and where she gets her ideas from, and was wonderful at relating it all back to her own childhood.”

“Helen used to create and paint her own imaginary worlds as a way of escaping from the pressure of her young life as a child, and she talked about the importance of stories and how you can create stories through art,” he said.

“Many of Helen’s pieces feature enchanting animals or contain hidden ogres, which all the children noticed straight away. They were completely mesmerized by both Helen’s magical imagery and the meaningful stories behind the images. Helen’s strong imagination is clearly something the children appreciated and can relate to.”

“In particular, it was moving to hear how she drew inspiration for her captivating larger-than-life painting “Jackie Paper Came No More” from the children’s song Puff the Magic Dragon, which is all about the gift of imagination.”

Mr Higham said, “If you haven’t yet seen Helen’s work I strongly encourage you to visit the Zig Zag Gallery to enjoy her wonderful “Ulysses Eye” exhibition which is on show until Sunday 30 June.”

Helen has featured in 49 solo exhibitions across the world with the Ulysses Eye Solo Exhibition being her 50th show. She has also been in extensive joint exhibitions and her artwork has won over 25 awards.

The Zig Zag Gallery is located at 50 Railway Road, Kalamunda.

For further information contact the Zig Zag Cultural Center on 9257 9998 or visit zzcc@kalamunda.wa.gov.au

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