"an article that appeared in the
Australian customs and Border
Protection Services - Victorian Staff Bulletin. I am so touched with
the love and support
my work has shown to me."
Collected Perceptions is the first exhibition
for four very talented local artists including our very own, Ana
Alejandro from Compliance.
Ana joins with fellow artists, Frieda Soerensen,
Jude Petrzela and Sarah Sparham to showcase her work at the Collingwood
Gallery in Smith Street, Collingwood.
The exhibition runs from the 9th- 20th of
October and entry is FREE!
Opening night is on October 9 from 6-9pm. Ana
says "she is very excited at the prospect of exhibiting her work and
invites all Customs and Border Protection staff to the event.
Ana comes from a family of artists and showed
artistic ability at the early age of 5. The patriarch of her family was
a pioneer cartoonist and created a unique series in the 1960's before
moving on to other more conventional art forms in the 1970's.
Ana has drawn all her life and completed Art in
Year 12 with her dream of becoming a full time artist. After winning a
much sought after interview for a placement in RMIT Architecture but
failing to secure a spot and her mum’s advice of “get a real job first”
ringing in her ears, Ana set out doing just that.
However, art has always remained a passion for
Ana and two years ago, she decided to take up the challenge and see how
far her art would take her. She contacted established artist Bonny Hut
and requested that she mentor her in portrait drawing. It was during
one of those classes that Ana mentioned her life long ambition to
exhibit her work. Fellow student, Sarah Sparham enthusiastically joined
Ana and with the overwhelming support and guidance of Bonny, the dream
has turned into a reality.
Bonny recommended the other two artists as their
style of work complimented and blended with Ana's and Sarah's.
Ana will have 10 pieces of art on display. Her
artwork features her perception of life and a lot of inspirations for
her art have been provided by fellow Customs and Border Protection
staff member, Peter O'Keefe. In his travels, Peter would capture photos
of subjects that he knew would interest Ana.
If you would like further information about the
exhibition, please go to http://www.collingwoodgallery.com.au/ OR search "COLLECTED PERCEPTIONS" on Facebook