Successful SALA exhibition at the Royal Mail Hotel | PHOTOS

A SALA exhibition opened at the Royal Mail Hotel on Saturday night.

About 20 people attended the opening, enjoying local cheese and delicious Woodsoak Wine from Robe as well as some Down to Earth wines from Wrattonbully.

The exhibition, Hold the Earth, Touch the Sky by Kirsten Johnston, is listed in the official SALA guide and was on display in the Royal Mail Hotel on Saturday night.

Kirsten made a short speech, expressing her joy at the opportunity to exhibit and participate in SALA, also explaining how gratifying it was to her to see her paintings on a wall, as opposed to leaning against her spare bed.

The Royal Mail Hotel’s Anna Macleod also spoke, with her main points being around how committed her and her team are to SALA because of the opportunity it gives to the public to see art in the places they already go to, for artists to exhibit and get their own art out there in the public eye.  

In 2016, Kirsten held her first solo exhibition called ‘Raw Nature and Me’, at Gallery 54 in Penola. Since then Kirsten has continued to practice her craft.

She held an exhibition in 2018 at the City Cross Arcade in the Adelaide CBD, and was so excited about her first inclusion in the SA Living Artists’ Festival with her Kingston exhibition, ‘Hold the Earth, Touch the Sky.’ 

Kirsten takes inspiration from the natural world, largely that of Australian flora and landscape. 

Known for her depictions of trees in their many shapes and situations, Kirsten enjoys working with a range of media including acrylic, watercolour, ink, charcoal and pastel.

Friends of the artists came all the way from Mount Gambier and Coonawarra to enjoy the work, as well as Lisa Baker, who was the exhibiting artist from last year, and her husband John Enright, the new Ray White Real Estate agent in Kingston.

The SALA Festival is an annual celebration of South Australian living visual artists. Held every August, literally thousands of artists exhibit in hundreds of venues throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.

To find out more about the SALA events in the Limestone Coast, visit