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The Exquisite Palette

Group Show

Wednesday 6 June - Sunday 1 July 2018

Opening Wednesday 6 June, 6.30-8pm

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Back in 2007 Louise Blyton, David Coles and their wonderful staff of St Luke at the time sat down for after-work drinks. They got to thinking how great it was that as a small art store, run by artists for artists in Melbourne, we could survive and thrive. They knew it was because of the great support of their customers and they knew they wanted to do something special for them to say thank you. But what?

"Let’s put on a show! they all yelled.…..but it has to be different….and fun...hmmm…What’s the most cliché, kitsch, yet romantic object we could ask our customers to make into a artwork? Yep, an artist’s palette!"

Thus, The Exquisite Palette show was born.

The first The Exquisite Palette show was strictly St. Luke customers and staff. They had 97 pallets arrive back and were blown away with the diversity and beauty of the works.
Due to the popularity of that first show, they changed to an artists’ open call for the next exhibition. It grew…and grew, our last show having 300 artists participate from all over Australia. The last three shows have been in St Luke Collingwood store on Smith Street.

As St. Luke is turning 18 this year, they decided to treat their artists and show off their work by placing the show in a gallery. As the 2018 version opens, (2007, 2010, 2013 and 2018), they have exhibited palettes that have been crocheted, printed, burnt, waxed, painted, chopped, cast, embroidered, collaged and sculptured. Palettes have been embellished not only with paint but bugs, blood, nails, glitter, teeth, leaves, ashes, rubber, screws, glass, coal, bark, hair, buttons, feathers, lollies, squid ink, rust, shells, model trees and more!Each year, they thought they had seen it all, but each exhibition shows more and more the ways these amazing artists can come up with their own individual take on this theme. St Luke are delightfully surprised and sometimes breathless at the pure imagination of the talent out there. This year, St Luke is very pleased to include, for the first time, international artists.

Opening Night wines supplied by