Celebrating the years with Helen Pammenter

Local Jamestown artist Helen Pammenter will celebrate her 90th birthday with a special exhibition called "Celebrating The Years" at Belalie Art Gallery. Photo: Clive Palmer Photography
Local Jamestown artist Helen Pammenter will celebrate her 90th birthday with a special exhibition called "Celebrating The Years" at Belalie Art Gallery. Photo: Clive Palmer Photography

Belalie Art Gallery, in Jamestown, will be holding a special art exhibition next month to celebrate the 90th birthday of local resident Helen Pammenter.

Having had a love for painting all her life, it was not until 1965 that Mrs Pammenter picked up the brushes with a view to making a career out of it after spending two decades working as a nurse.

The exhibition, called “Celebrating The Years”, will be held as part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival and will showcase the artwork of Mrs Pammenter.

Mrs Pammenter has been working on new paintings in preparation for the exhibition, which will appear alongside other more recent work as well as some of her older work.

 A total of 90 works of art will be on show as part of the birthday celebrations.

The artist is mostly self-taught but she spent time taking art classes at Gladstone and Port Pirie, as well as a three year correspondence course with the Famous Artists School, in Connecticut.

Mrs Pammenter paints in a variety of different styles including china painting, watercolours, oils and acrylics, but is most known for her work with pastels which is said to best capture the beauty of the Mid North countryside.

Her artwork has been on show in art galleries in every state of Australia, England, Canada, United States and Indonesia.

A founding member of the Jamestown’s Belalie Arts Society, Mrs Pammenter was also a steward on the art section of the Jamestown Agricultural and Horticultural Show Society.

She was also a member of the Jamestown Art and Craft Gallery, and among her other achievements was a member on the Country Arts SA Northern Advisory Panel.

All proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Jamestown Hospital auxiliary and to the Jamestown Swimming Pool management committee which Mrs Pammenter has been involved with for over 40 years.

The exhibition will open on August 6 and will run from Sundays to Fridays until September 3.

The SALA Festival will be showcasing a number of exhibitions around the Mid North. For information or to find a list of exhibitions visit www.salafestival.com