IN PICTURES: Clients draw on their passion for art at Hawthorn House

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Stan Saxon with his unamed landscape.
Camera IconStan Saxon with his unamed landscape. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The Hawthorn House art group is hosting its first exhibition as part of a program that has inspired members to find or rediscover their passion for art.

The artists — all clients at Hawthorn House and members of Alzheimer’s WA — have spent Wednesday afternoons honing their craft under the guidance of facilitator Bambi Cumberland-Brown.

The group was formed earlier this year.

“At the beginning there was a little apprehension of what was expected and uncertainty of ability,” Ms Cumberland-Brown said.

“That soon evaporated as confidence blossomed. The space grew over weeks into a relaxing, creative companionship, sharing techniques and encouraging each other.

“Some of the club members are now taking up their brushes and pencils once again and working on projects long left untouched at home.”

The exhibition, which will run for several weeks, was opened on Wednesday by former Albany MP Peter Watson.

Irene Bairstow with her piece "Art Club."
Camera IconIrene Bairstow with her piece "Art Club." Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Harold Clasen with his artwork.
Camera IconHarold Clasen with his artwork. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Ken Youngson with his “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Camera IconKen Youngson with his “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
ABOVE: Local art dealer Angie Fryer-Smith and artist Cynthia Orr at the opening. RIGHT: Stan Saxon with his landscape. BELOW: Irene Bairstow with her piece “Art Club.”
Camera IconABOVE: Local art dealer Angie Fryer-Smith and artist Cynthia Orr at the opening. RIGHT: Stan Saxon with his landscape. BELOW: Irene Bairstow with her piece “Art Club.” Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Lower Kalgan Hall Community Association’s Luke Murnane with Irene Bairstow’s painting of their hall.
Camera IconLower Kalgan Hall Community Association’s Luke Murnane with Irene Bairstow’s painting of their hall. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Former member for Albany Peter Watson with Hawthorn House art facilitators Bambi Cumberland-Brown and Linda Taylor at the official opening.
Camera IconFormer member for Albany Peter Watson with Hawthorn House art facilitators Bambi Cumberland-Brown and Linda Taylor at the official opening. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson
Harold Clasen's piece "They Don't Make Them Like That Anymore."
Camera IconHarold Clasen's piece "They Don't Make Them Like That Anymore." Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

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