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.

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.

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