Buy the Art!

You have made the decision to purchase art for your home or office. Where do you go from here? Just Add Passion Gallery in Stoneville WA, that’s where!

Buying art is a very personal thing. All factors have to be considered and everything has to feel right.

Do you know exactly what you want and will you search until you find it? Do you have a vague idea but when you start looking you become overwhelmed, you become confused about what it is you really want and what will suit your décor? Are you a beige kind of soul or the brighter the better kind? Are you orderly or a little bit eclectic in your taste? Can you visualise the piece that has caught your eye hanging on your wall at home? Are you a bring your own colour swatches with you person? Do you fall in love with a work of art only to convince yourself that it won’t suit your décor or you simply can’t afford it? Do you then spend as little as possible and buy the mass produced canvas from a chain store? It looks alright; but it has no soul and it certainly won’t be a conversation piece. It may match the colour of your lounge cushions but has it really won your heart? Will you still love it a year from now because let’s face it; you really did buy it on a whim. That’s not to say you can’t buy ‘real’ art on a whim but at least the ‘real’ art won’t be thrown out and taken to the good Samaritans shop. Well, I hope not!

Going in to Art Galleries can be daunting; some Galleries may feel very clinical and stuffy and well dare I say, wankerish. All white walls, minimal spaces and choices. Some are very different indeed, focusing more on the surreal and abstract but maybe not quite suited to the family living room. At Just Add Passion you will be welcomed with open arms, a big smile and a space that feels just like home. We do have an eclectic range that’s for sure; but our displays are second to none, inviting, warm and friendly and are purposely created to help you visualise what may work in your own home.

Being an artist is a job! Just like the council gardener, the rubbish man or your child’s teacher; it is a chosen profession by a creative soul who cannot possibly imagine themselves doing anything else. They can bring a sense of fun to a somewhat harsh world and we should support them, just as you would support your local grocer, chemist or shoe salesman. They are real people who wish to pursue their dreams, as we all should. I personally cannot imagine a world without artists, musicians, actors, performers or creatives of any kind. How sad, dull and boring it would be?!

I ask you to consider the creator when you are next on the hunt for a gift or a new piece of art for your home. Think twice and buy the real art please; because that painting, sculpture or drawing created by the hands of a living, breathing person, who like you and me, has bills to pay and food to buy; is worth its weight in Gold. They may have literally taken years to complete that particular piece or they may have nailed it in a week but I can guarantee you that the artist put their heart, blood, sweat and tears in to it. They may have struggled and felt their weight of insecurity thinking this piece is not good enough. They may be very confident and love each creation just as much as the last. The art work you are about to purchase might very well be the artist’s first sale and this; this will stay with the artist forever! You have just made their day, their week, and their year!

In conclusion, buy the art, the ‘real’ art and support someone’s mother, father, sister, daughter or friend. Don’t buy mass produced. Real art is an investment and one thing is for certain; our Art Gallery is not trying to rip you or the artists off. We are merely a port of call, a support and a haven for our local Western Australian artisans and you. We are here to make you smile and allow you to appreciate art and our artists as much as we do.

Keep smiling and stay creative!

With love,

Michelle xx

Who am I? What’s it all about?

I am Michelle. I admire, promote and encourage the creativity in those around me. I have a varied background in the arts, healing and hospitality which led me to create a haven for like-minded souls, aptly named Just Add Passion.

The aim of the Gallery is to provide a platform for the up and coming and established Western Australian Artists and Australian Authors to showcase their works in a relaxed and loving environment. Just Add Passion is a place where creative souls are free to express who they are and discover that when someone believes in you, you are able to shine and be the best you that you can be. A place to help others realise their potential, to show that although we may have differing tastes, it is beneficial to all, that we appreciate the talent and time taken to create art in any genre. No one person is better than another, we are all the same. Someone will absolutely love what you do, never give up.

We are, at times, our own worst enemies. We can be so self-critical that we often don’t see what others may see. As a creative person, be it painting, sculpting, drawing or even writing, we tend to think, ‘It’s not good enough, I can do much better’. Whereas an outsider may think our work is brilliant. At Just Add Passion we encourage you let go of the self-doubt; just let go and simply be. Enjoy the journey, the process and allow the experience to help you grow. Have fun with what you are doing and have faith in the fact that someone will love it!

Art for sale, Artist of the Month exhibitions, Author of the Month displays, Art workshops, natural therapies, de-stress workshops and meditation are just a few of the wonderful things we have on offer.

Coming soon.., pamper days, art competitions, open days and a permanent coffee van!

Keep smiling, treasure life’s journey and always be true to yourself.

Michelle x

 

 

Going Crazy!

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I choose to work for myself because I am not your sit down at a computer all day type of person. I enjoy the freedom of creating my own hours, my own rhythm, dancing to my own beat, taking myself outdoors to breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds and watch the traffic go by. I like to choose my own music to put in the CD player, invite people in for a cuppa, chat as long as I feel the need and have a laugh with the customers. Infact, it’s a bit like being at home, except I do refrain from wearing my PJ’s (for now anyway).

My ‘dilemma’ in this tech savvy world is this.., I don’t have the time! I agree that the whole social media can be an absolute asset to any business but seriously who really wants to sit on the computer for hours at a time trying to get your head around some new way of sending out newsletters, mastering the constant changes on Facebook, checking emails, answering emails, returning calls, checking messages on Facebook, replying to comments and all that stuff. Phew!

Ok, so if you don’t take the time for these things and more, then you run the risk of losing the interest of your followers/customers; or do you? I know that if I like a business, shop, restaurant etc then the amount of time they spend on social media means absolutely nothing to me and does not influence my patronage in any way, shape or form.

There are numerous sites on the Internet promising that if you join up, your time will be halved, they say their system is the easiest to follow, they promise that their site is very user friendly, but to whom? Not me. They look easy, they start off easy and then bang.., I am bamboozled and lost! So I am not a tech head, so I like things to be simple, my time is very important to me. The more time I spend on the computer the less time I have to spend elsewhere in my business. Things fall behind, frustration sets in and all I want to do is curl up with a good book and forget about technology! Modern technology is meant to be easy, so ‘they’ say. Well I say, as I am not a whiz on the computer (I am to a certain point) then perhaps I should seriously consider employing (or bribing with cups of tea and nice pieces of cake) someone else to do this techy stuff and leave the fluffing and organising and curating and meeting and greeting to me before I go Crazy!

Until next time, stay happy!

Michelle xx

A little bit for every taste.

When you think of an Art Gallery do you imagine white walls, white floors, minimal works by a few select artists? Do you see large open spaces with quirky bright abstract paintings by artists you have never heard of? Perhaps you envision clutter or old paintings by deceased artists? Do you expect to see local, famous or overseas artists? Do the words expensive and snobby or weird and unfinished come to mind?

Whatever impression you may or may not have of art galleries , be it good, bad or otherwise, you are sure to be wowed and impressed when you walk in the door at Just Add Passion. There is an eclectic blend of wonderful treasures to be found inside each room. With our setting in the beautiful Perth Hills inside an exquisite and very old house, in fact one of the oldest houses in Stoneville, we guarantee that when you leave it will be with a smile on your face!

We believe that Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Art comes in many shapes and forms and takes on many faces. Some may say, as we do, that there is an art to mowing a lawn, cutting hair, selecting an outfit to wear, making a sandwich or cup of tea. And there certainly is an art to decorating a room, especially if that room is part of a Gallery.

Yes, you will find paintings and drawings, prints of paintings plus sculptures and tea, soap, aprons, little girls dresses, pottery and everything in between. We have a little bit for every taste, at very affordable prices, by wonderfully talented Western Australian Artists.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

With love,

Michelle x

Hill Billy Iron Works

Until 2nd October 2016 Michael Parker from Hill Billy Iron Works will be our ‘Artist of the Month’ in his ‘Revolution of Rust’ Exhibition.

A must see exhibition. Very different, very industrial, bold and quirky!

Hello there, my name is Michael Parker and this, being my very first exhibition, has me a little excited!

I was born in SA but raised in WA. I am a big kid by nature and have been a happy Hills resident for the past 17 years along with Michelle and our beautiful daughters Kaitlen and Chloe.

Life’s good!

I love to create visions and works that are both pleasing to the eye and fascinating to the mind. While appreciating all forms of art, I tend to dabble mostly in steel, wood, found objects, airbrushing and pin-stripping.

Drawing on my many years of working with machines and steel, what you see here is the by-product of my ‘madness’ and an outlet for my ‘tortured’ mind. This exhibition reflects my love of mechanical and structural marvels, which have heavily influenced my creations. This is but a mere snippet of the crazy ideas whizzing around in my mind!

 Please Enjoy, there is plenty more to come!!!                                      

Father’s Day

Dad, Daddy, Grandad, Pa, Uncle, Brother, or Husband, who ever that special man is in your life, the one who is or has been a Father Figure. The one who you think of on Father’s Day each year?! Treasure him!

As a little girl, my Daddy was the ‘bees knees’ and he could do no wrong, even to this day. My father lives in Queensland and I live in Perth. What I would give to hug him right now as my missing him can sometimes be all too consuming.

I am a firm believer that all children need adult role models. As a child you need that one person whom you can look up to, that one person who will love you unconditionally, be honest, nurturing and supportive. This may or may not be a biological parent or relative, it may be a neighbour, an older sibling, a friends parent, a grandparent or even a foster carer. Who ever this is for you, remember to hold them close and say thanks once in a while! It doesn’t necessarily have to be Father’s Day or any particular special day, just let them know you care and appreciate them. Don’t miss an opportunity to remind them that they are a special part of your life!

And if you are that someone to a child.., treasure them also. Be there, listen, make them laugh and most importantly, make sure they know that they are loved!!

Happy Father’s day to all of those Dad’s and Father figures that have raised or are raising a small person! Love to you all!

With love,

Michelle x

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Artist of the Month

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Current and upcoming Exhibitions!

Now until September 4th ~
~ Tina Bryce / http://www.facebook.com/malleegirldesigns ~ Miraflores Exhibition ~

September 7th – October 2nd ~
~ Hill Billy Iron Works /Michael Parker – Revolution of Rust ~

October 5th – November 6th ~
~ Raenette Hendy ~ Studio Mia “P4   About Time!” Exhibition ~

November 9th – December 4th ~
~ Lee Woodcock ~ Leewood Pottery Designs ~ Pottery Plus ~

December 7th – January 1st ~
~ All Artist’s ~ Christmas Special ~

January 4th – February 5th ~
~ All Artist’s – Australian Native Flora and Fauna Theme ~

February 8th – March 5th ~
~ Zac William / ZW Photography ~

March 8th – April 2nd
~ A Collection of Wearable Art from a collection of talented Artist’s ~

April 5th – May 7th
~ Willem Heyneker @ http://kitandcaboodle.ning.com/profile/WillemHeyneker  Photographer / Jeweller / Artist ~

May 10th – June 4th
~ TBA ~

Stay tuned for more exhibitions plus Art workshops, meditation days, Tarot readings etc and Coffee…,