Skating and art merge in a new exhibition by Rudy Selmes

Emerging artist Rudy Selmes will display his collection 1+1 at the Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists from January 8th to February 27th.

Merging his love for art and skating, the 14-year old created art on skateboards.

He uses posca pens and spray paint as his medium of choice, but he also enjoys drawing, screen printing, photography and audio-visual editing.

Rudy’s skills have been highly commended by his art teachers in and out of school and his drawing was awarded the “Best Drawing in Show” at the Margaret River Agricultural Show in 2017.

The young artist continues learning about art and design with his mentor Stu McMillan, and hopes to build on his skills to make a living from design, art and skating.

1+1 will be officially launched on January 14th from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

For information on sales and to RSVP please contact

The Margaret River Library is an easily accessible venue. 

Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists presents Brooke McQueen

“I want to be a drawing and painting artist. This is my life. I like to paint animals and people. Painting with my brushes makes me feel calm.Brooke McQueen

Brooke McQueen with one of her artworks

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists is proud to present Brooke McQueen in her exhibition Animals in Aqua.
Brooke works mostly independently on her fine art projects; her main interest is in photo-realistic painting.
She browses the Internet looking for pictures, then she digitally prints and traces them by hand on her canvas and paints them with acrylic.
With an intensive and empowering learning journey, Brooke is always developing new skills with art instructed sessions. She has her own studio space, and is always developing new paintings.
Animals in Aqua will run from 2nd November until 23rd December.

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists is located in the foyer of the Margaret River Library and is easily accessible.

Meet the Artist Event – Margaret Affleck

In celebration of her current exhibition at the Cocoon Gallery, emerging artist Margaret Affleck invites the community to meet her for a casual event to discuss her art and the creative process that make her pieces so striking and inspiring. RSVP by 21st October to Margaret:

Thursday 22nd October, 5.30 – 6.30pm at the Margaret River Library

Emerging artist, Margaret Affleck, in front of her artworks in the Cocoon Gallery

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists Welcomes Margaret Affleck

Treasures of nature: an exhibition by Margaret Affleck

1 September – 31 October 2020

Emerging artist Margaret Affleck studied art at high school and used her drawing skills to illustrate her science projects and field studies in Year 12 Biology. However, in her career she followed her love of music, studying in London and Adelaide to become a music teacher.
Now in her retirement, Margaret has resumed her interest in painting and has studied with art teachers in Perth and attended many workshops with interstate and international artists. Margaret has a multi-purpose studio for both art and music.
This selection of watercolour paintings developed from the artist’s love of the native flora of Western Australia reflecting the artist’s desire to establish a connection with her new bush block home in Margaret River.
She has recorded the species of trees and bushes around her home and is currently working on the wildflowers that grow among the Jarrah and Marri vegetation. All works are for sale through the artist.

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists is located at the entrance to the Margaret River Library and is easily accessible. For the latest open times visit the library blog  here.

Meet Spaced 4 Rural Utopias Artist In Residence Ella Sutherland

Spaced 4: Rural Utopias is a program of residencies and socially engaged art Projects in regional and remote Western Australian communities. Margaret River Library is hosting an information session about the program and introducing the artist in residence, Sydney-based artist Ella Sutherland on Wednesday 18th March, 4-5.30pm.

Light refreshments provided.

International Art Space is a leading West Australian arts organisation, presenting a program of ambitious and dynamic socially engaged and context-responsive art. They create diverse and challenging experiences for artists and communities through contemporary visual art.

Spaced 4: Rural Utopias is a multi-year program of residencies and socially engaged art Projects. The program focuses on the idea of “Rural Utopias” and includes 15 artists from Australia, USA, Italy, UK, Austria and Indonesia

As part of this program Sydney-based Artist Ella Sutherland will spend six weeks in Margaret River, starting from the 12th March.  Over the course of her residency, the artist will draw on archival material, print techniques, experimental typography and collaborative working methodologies to develop a collection of forms that will constitute a new 26-character alphabet. The resulting font will be exhibited and reinserted back into circulation in the form of collaboratively developed short texts.

Come along to the library to hear Soula Veyradier introduce the Spaced 4: Rural Utopias program. Welcome Ella Sutherland to Margaret River and find out how the whole community can be a part of this exciting project. More information about Spaced 4 can be found Here.


Art event celebrate artists’s journey.

Margaret River Library is hosting a community celebration to recognise the work of visual artist Dr Michael Wise and current Cocoon Gallery exhibitor and conceptual artist Natalia Ford.

The event, scheduled for 6pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 28 November 2019, will include a hosted interactive discussion about the individual approaches the artists took to achieve their works, and the many aspects of art.

Dr Michael Wise’s said his research and art practice is a convergence of the creative processes of video, painting, photography and sculpture.

“Every artist lived experiences contribute to their art practice,” he said.

“My works responds to my life experiences at the beach and the dangers which are embedded in its image of scenic beauty.”

Ms Ford said her discussion will be about the personal journey she took to achieve her displayed exhibition titled “The Through”.

“It’s an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the life perspectives that I refer to for my art inspiration.”

“This eclectic event promises to be a treat for the arts community and the general public alike.”

Light refreshments will be served at the event. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP by 27 November to 0422 014 717 or

Margaret River Library is an accessible venue.

The Cocoon Gallery is the library’s exhibition space used for talent emerging local artists. Exhibitions rotate approximately every two months.

Cocoon Gallery presents Natalia Ford

Emerging artist Natalia Ford will be showing case her art at the Cocoon Gallery from October 5 to November 30.

Natalia started studying academic drawing when she was 17 years old and it absorbed her interest instantly. Later in art school, she studied oil painting, mainly life drawing, art history, philosophy, sculpture, developing art installations and working with digital media in art projects as robotics. Eventually her attention moved on to the field of arts and sciences, developing a strong interest in social sciences, which motivated her to work in journalism.

In her understanding, art expression has a very wide spectrum she is always combining methods, Natalia defines herself as a conceptual artist.

Now she is developing a multimedia art project under the name Plain O Studio, a creative space designed to be at the service of anyone interested in artistic expression. The studio selectively conducts art workshops, art events and offers consultation within the art spectrum.

Sales and enquiries please contact Natalia Ford on mobile 0422 014 714 or email: 

Meet the artist – Carol Seeley

Margaret River Library invites the community to meet exhibiting artist Carol Seeley on Thursday 26th September from 6pm to 7pm.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to admire her exhibition at the Cocoon Gallery, the event will provide the perfect chance to enjoy her work while showing support for the emerging artist.

Reflecting on her creative process and techniques, Carol invites the community to have a closer look at An exploration of colour and texturea selection of seven canvasses designed to awake the viewer’s emotions.

Adding to the experience, the painter will also display pieces of her new series “A little bit of blue.”

RSVP to or  9780 5600 by Wednesday 25th September.  The Library is an accessible venue.


Cocoon Gallery presents Carol Seeley

Emerging artist Carol Seeley’s exhibition “An Exploration of Colour and Texture” is currently on display in the Cocoon Gallery.

Showcasing some of Carol’s favourite pieces, the exhibition will run from August 5th to September 30th.

Carol’s love affair with texture began many years ago at a local community sharing centre where she enjoyed pottery classes. From there she started an arts course at her local TAFE, where pottery and print making were the focus of her interest.

Painting for Carol is meditative, emotional and fulfilling and reflects the emotional and physical world around her.

The Cocoon Gallery is located at the Margaret River Library’s foyer.

The Cocoon Gallery hosts Suzanna Hay

Emerging watercolour artist Suzanna Hay will exhibit a selection of her works in the Margaret River Library’s Cocoon Gallery from 5 June to 30 July 2019.
Titled ‘Tidbits’, the exhibition is a showcase of works that predominantly reflect the artist’s environmental surrounds including the trees outside her property in Nannup, treeless red plains and blinding blue skies seen when she travels to northern WA.
Suzanna’s watercolour paintings have attracted a variety of awards in exhibitions across the South West including the 2017 Faith Hemsley award for the most innovative work at Busselton’s annual Art in the Park exhibition.
“Anyone who has tried the medium will know that some days are filled with torture and frustration,” she said.
“However, when the moment is right, this wonderful, transparent medium sparkles into life.”
An active member of the Busselton Art Society, Suzanna has conducted watercolour workshops for beginners in Margaret River and Nannup.
She is a member of the selective Watercolour Society of Western Australia.
The pieces in the Cocoon Gallery are custom framed and being offered for sale.
To see more of her work visit:

Suzanna Hay paints in her studio near Nannup.
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