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.

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists Welcomes Margaret Auld

The Little Weaving Studio: A fusion of abstract art and off loom weaving by Margaret Auld

1 April – 31 May 2019

“Inspired by the strong vibrant sensual landscapes of New Mexico and the art of the Native Americans my childhood passion for nature and colour was reignited and my love of weaving began. Weaving is a symbol for my life, the experiences of the past form the twisted strong warp threads, my present and dreams for the future intertwined in the weft. Bright Bold Colourful. The colours of my weavings instructively chosen, easily transitioned into the form and style of my abstract painting. Using recycled threads and tea bags, I am endeavouring to find artistic expression by combining weaving and painting, to open myself to new threads and colours connecting me to the spiritual world.”

The Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists is situated in the entrance to the Margaret River Library and is easily accessible. All works on display are for sale.

Cocoon Gallery Launch for Beryl Anderson on Thursday 7th February

Austral Perceptions: Australiana and random creativity

Exhibition Launch Thursday 7th February, 6 – 7:30pm. All Welcome!

Light refreshments provided. Please RSVP to Beryl for catering purposes. Ph: 9757 2671  E:

Exhibition continues from February 6th – March 30th

“My style of painting is based on realism and represents Australian landscapes that have drawn me to them emotionally and challenged me to record their beauty.  All paintings are hand drawn by me from reference materials and photos. I work in acrylics and oils and enjoy mixing my own colour pallets to identify with nature and its moods.

I began painting after I retired and after completing several units at TAFE. I studied under well-known local artist Peter Scott for several years, whose style of painting I really admire. Some of the framed paintings are for children and represent Australian animals that are not easily seen, on backgrounds of where you might find them.”


Kaleidoscope: an exhibition by Bethany Treanor

Join us in the Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists for the launch of an exhibition of early works by local artist Bethany Treanor

LAUNCH: Thursday October 11th, 6 – 7pm, all welcome!

The exhibition is on display in the Cocoon Gallery at the Margaret River Library from October 3rd – November 30th.

‘These works have been completed over the past 20 years. I used my drawing time as a meditative process as I raised my three children over the years. Using Sennelier oil sticks and Mont Martre oil pastels I found the fine details and gentle blending of the medium to be a time of quiet contemplation. Representing themes of water, life, sun, moon and stars, I use colour and detail to capture the emotion of the moment when I engaged with an item or land / sea / moonscape. Currently I am enrolled at South West TAFE in Margaret River completing my Visual Arts Diploma with an eye to attend ECU next year to complete my Bachelor of Visual Arts. Thank you for your support and interest in my works both now and in the future.’ Bethany Treanor

Textile art by Britta Sorensen at the Margaret River Library

The Library has become home to the magnificent textile weaving called ‘touched’ by Britta Sorensen. This artwork was completed during Margaret River Region Open Studios 2018 and is created from recycled clothing rags woven onto wire. The piece is on permanent loan to the library and we invite you to come along and enjoy this amazing visual display of colour and texture. Read below for the artist statement about the artwork. Britta has also published a book that documents the weaving creation process and this is available for loan from the library with limited copies available for purchase from the artist.

‘touched’ as an interactive installation was an attempt to make the inter-affect between viewer, artwork and artist visible and visceral. What effect does art have on a viewer? how does that viewing in turn affect the artist? and how then does this inform the creative process?

For the 16 days of MRROS 2018 I worked, lived and slept in this installation slowly weaving it closed whilst inviting visitors into the silent room to view, feel and join in the weaving, leaving traces of themselves behind.

An estimated 800 people contributed.

It was a powerful exploration into non-verbal communication, the meshed woven shelter symbolising the organically growing interconnectedness of community forming one complex and beautiful story. The materials used are all recycled, cut-up garment and thus bring an added layer of their own history.

Dismantled into its mounted two-dimensional form ‘touched’ has taken the shape of a mesmerising protective cloak or angel’s wings.  The installation was completed on the day of the tragic death of my fellow recycling artist Cynda Miles and I would like to dedicate ‘touched’ to her life, work and positive influence on our community.

britta sorensen

The Cocoon Gallery presents a photographic exhibition by Fred Rose

August 1st – September 30th

Fred has spent forty years as a gold prospector and promised himself to take up photography when he retired. With a collection of beautiful photographs printed onto canvas, his new career is well and truly under way. His works on display are all for sale with the opportunity to buy limited edition prints online.

There is a small story behind each photo that is documented and available for you to read in the gallery. “Little Red” for example:

 Little Red, Leonora This is a photo of a breakaway in the East Murchison Goldfields (North of Leonora). I did not come across this breakaway while detecting, but while looking for a lost prospector. We were on motor bikes and working north of Wilsons patch checking bush tracks for the lost prospector. Unknown to us, he had already been found, alive and well. We got the good news when we called in on a CB radio.

Thirty Five years later and with my first camera I took this photo. It was taken with the last 20 seconds of sunlight. One of my favourites.

Open Studios Art Event in the Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists

As part of the Margaret River Region Open Studios the Cocoon Gallery for Emerging Artists is hosting Barbara Webster: Landscapes. Come along to the library to view her works, watch her paint and pick her brains about her art practice. Barbara will be available to the public during MRROS at the following times: Saturday 10am – 12pm, Tuesday 10am – 12pm, Thursday 1 – 2pm, Friday 1 – 2pm. Grab a coffee loyalty card when you visit Barbara and receive the first cuppa free!

Barbara Webster: an exhibition of landscapes

April 7th – May 31st

Cocoon Gallery For Emerging Artists – Margaret River Library

Barbara Webster in the Cocoon Gallery

Today we welcome Barbara Webster to the Cocoon Gallery with her beautiful collection of landscape paintings. The environment in all its moods is Barbara’s favourite subject to paint. She has always been drawn to the dramatic landscapes of this beautiful state and retirement has given her the chance to translate this passion onto canvas. “The ever changing moods of nature will never cease to inspire and excite me”. Barbara Webster. A teacher and School Principal by trade, painting has been a challenge that Barbara has mastered over time participating in a local art club and with the occasional art class. Her love of the Australian landscape shines through in her work and each piece resonates with her personally. It will be hard for her to part with some of the works, but she feels ready to share her efforts with visitors to the library. Enjoy!

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