A rare and inspiring sister act is charming visitors to the art gallery at Pikes Wines.
Lifelong friends Sue and Micky Barlow are great mates, linked by family, friendship and a passion for the arts.
It’s a passion that resonates throughout their “Soul Sisters” exhibition which opened late last month to an enthusiastic audience.
Sue and Micky’s journey together began at the age of four, when Micky’s family bought the house next door to Sue’s in Clare. They went through school together and eventually married brothers, Richard and Nic.
Micky is a self-taught artist who’s been painting for 10 years. Her broad range of contemporary work draws on ancient Aboriginal traditions and symbols.
“My art comes from the heart,” she said.
“It’s all about country, family and issues that impact Aboriginal people and families today.”
Sue’s been making intricate jewellery for 25 years. Her style has naturally evolved as she’s explored the many techniques associated with her craft.
For this exhibition, Sue worked out of her brand new studio for the first time, a welcome change from the confines of her spare bedroom!
She focussed on the techniques of fold forming and air chasing using copper, while adding patinas to further enhance her pieces with texture and colour. The result is aesthetic and complex.
“Preparing for this exhibition has been a wonderful journey of discovery, a source of endless joy,” said Sue.
“Soul Sisters” runs until November 23, after which Pikes’ commitment to the arts continues with an exhibition showcasing the works of Clare High School’s Year 12 SACE students.