The Cumquat Tree Plants Their Local Roots with New Artist Showcases
The Cumquat Tree has always strived to support local talent, with much of their curated range of homewares, gifts, pamper and fashion ranges being Australian designed and made. Starting this June, The Cumquat Tree team are taking this to the next level inviting local artists to bring their artwork to a wider audience, exhibiting and selling the art of featured artists each month in their new Mandurah Forum store and online at www.thecumquattree.com/collections/art
Owner, Joanne Thomas, said of the idea; “We wanted to find a way to connect the local community with the beautiful homewares we have in store. Each featured artist will be carefully selected to blend perfectly with our products, enabling our customers to get an impression of how they can style their own home with the original artwork they take home with them.”
Anyone familiar with The Cumquat Tree will know their appeal comes from the impeccable styling in all departments, from homewares to fashion and gifting. This new move will enable customers to access beautiful and original artwork direct from Western Australian artists, all from the comfort and accessibility of the newly renovated Mandurah Forum. The first artists whose work will be on sale are local female artists Candice Green-Booth, an animal enthusiast from Secret Harbour, linear artist Natasja Reicheld from Madora Bay and Bicton based abstract artists Sharee English and Liz Mumtaz.
Candice has dedicated the past three years of her life on charity projects, founding charity The Little Trunks Project, a non-profit organisation that donates profits to the Game Rangers International’s Elephant Orphanage Project to help a team in Zambia rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned elephants back into the wild. In 2017 Candy organised an art exhibition, Art For Elephants, at Kidogo Arthouse in Fremantle, where local and international artists donated work to be sold for her amazing cause. Her work is greatly influenced by the natural world, adding bold block colour and doodle style details to emulate the beautiful chaos of being alive. Candy will donate a percentage of all artwork sold through The Cumquat Tree to help the plight of orphaned elephants in Zambia.
Madora Bay local Natasja’s illustration style linear work is right on trend both in fashion and interior design. Natasha has won many awards for her graphic art, including the 2015 METAmorphosis Exhibition Award in the Design Graphics category. Student Natasja is currently studying Mass Media Studies and Business Law. View her art on her Instagram account @natasjadesigns
Sharee English has been honing her skills as an oil painter from a young age, focussing on abstract pieces influenced by the world around her. Her abstract style creates pieces perfect for any home, and she has commissioned pieces to complement some of Perth’s most beautiful homes. Sharee said of the project “I am so excited to have the opportunity to show my work in the new Mandurah Forum. I am especially honoured to be chosen as one of the first artists to be displayed. Please drop in and see my work all month this June!” View her art here.
Elizabeth Mumtaz will round off our fab four. Elizabeth has been inspired by her extensive travelling overseas, spending a lot of time in Pakistan. Her artwork is reflected by people, places and other artists of far off lands. Elizabeth fuses street art from her travels with her own, using collage and acrylic on canvas. Her abstract art follows the modernism movement, symbolising her life today in WA.
New artists will be featured monthly, enabling a diverse range of styles and mediums to be exhibited in store across the year. Selected art will also be sold online at www.thecumquattree.com . If you are an artist who would like to be involved, please fill out a contact form on The Cumquat Tree’s website.
If you require any further information or images, please contact Robyn Slater at email@example.com