Driftwood Dreaming Art Exhibition
The highlight of the Fiesta Milne Bay Art Escape Weekend is undoubtably the Driftwood Dreaming Art Exhibition. This year the exhibition is hosted by the 28Kreativ Contempary Art Association and curated by internationally renowned Papua New Guinean visual/performance artist, Jeffry Feeger. The Driftwood Dreaming exhibition brings together exciting, fresh works from Milne Bay and Port Moresby based artists, and will feature a memorial exhibition of some key works of the late Tony Wesley (Wesevo) whose last formal exhibition was at the 2019 Driftwood Dreaming Exhibition.
Meet the Artists
Leonard Tebegetu is a painter, sculptor and bamboo artist, who incorporates into his works his culture and upbringing, his experience of life on a small island, and his work as a globally operating contemporary artist. In 2015, he was head designer for the 35-person workshop that constructed props for the Pacific Games opening ceremony. He is the founder of The Kreativ Kanaka, an artist initiative that reforms everyday scrap into works of civic art. His works have exhibited internationally in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and the United States.
Noah Waxie Kawatalu whose artist name is JENOSAM KAWATALU was born in 1993 in Milne Bay Province.
Completed grade 12 in 2013 at kwikila Secondary school.He began work as full-artist in 2018 with a main focus on abstract Art.Currently lives in Port Moresby
Been new to the art world only participated in exhibition around Port Moresby but in a short time his has circulated around the world
Art collectors around the world countries like the USA, Australia,Fiji and New Zealand
Noah as painted 3years now and concentrating mostly on Abstract art mostly on mother and child, women's beauty and issues nature pollution mostly the marine life.Doing few live painting at Craft markets face painting for charity and donated alot of his artworks to raise funds like the breast cancer awareness and food banks etc
For the past one year Noah as concerntrated on marine life,beauty of the marine,whales and turtles in specific.raising the issues on the endangered species and pollution..he wishes to see his work speck to the world on taking care of our marine life and it's beautiful habitant..
Hazel Laing is a young artist, relatively new to the scene. She is a painter with an undefined style. Her creative journey from 2014-present has mainly consisted of acrylic paintings. She has done face painting gigs at local craft markets, created hand-made journals and is now turning thrifted denim clothing into wearable art. From Dec 2018-Dec 2019, Hazel ran art tutoring classes for children (Pikinini Art). Her focus was on empowering children through authentic creative expression rather than the strict/refined technique - approach. After learning from her students, she decided to take a break and connect back with her own work/ improve and up-skill herself.
She sources her inspiration from nature- both the external & inner world(s). She has just started sharing her art to a public audience. She was recently invited to display one of her paintings in an exhibition at the Harbourside Precinct in Port Moresby (Nov 2020).
Jeffery Evennett (MrE)
Born in 1977, from Milne Bay, Wedau Village
Charlie completed visual art training and studies at the Faulty of Creative Arts (1997-2002), graduating in BA Art & Design.
Despite all the opportunities available for further career, he came home to Wedau (Dogura) to live with his lonesome father who strived to unite his scattered family and began working full time as a freelance artist and designer to make a living.
He participateed in numerous group art exhibitions and gatherings locally in Alotau and supporting various local communities and schools, his last exhibition out of Alotau was in March 2019 for the Next Of Kin 15th Anniversary body art show.
Charlie loves nature and the environment and tries to capture these moments in his works of art and anything of interest that captures his interest, being mindful of natures providence and inspiration.
He lives with his wife Ethel and 2 daughters, Biannca and Tiara at Bubuletta, Milne Bay Province.
Saimon (Slade) Vacilli
Born 1980, of Milne bay and Gulf Parentage, Saimon was born and raised in Alotau, hence most of his creativity reflects on his Milne Bay experiences, upbringing and traditional/cultural passion. He graduated from Cameron Secondary school in 1998 then spent four years in the highlands studying Education at UoG-Goroka. Saimon’s interest in visual arts developed due to his friendship with artist-Norman Evennett of Kalita Kreations while assisting in screen printing projects. Saimon also taught Art out of interest where there was no Art teacher available during his rural postings as a Science teacher. His confidence with painting came about in 2015 after being encouraged by friends to experiment with paint resources. Slade admits as an Amateur artist he has come a long way and understands that there is a still a lot more to explore and refine. He plans to upgrade his skills in Computer Graphics in the near future. Saimon likes to emphasize “identity" in his work, always depicting some sentimental connection to the subject in his painting’s background. He believes ‘culture and tradition’ play a major role in our lives and hopes his art will contribute towards reviving the fading pride, respect and appreciation of PNG Culture.
I'm Jezreel Dickson, have been breathing for the last 40 years, but living for I think 1000 more.
My early life was spent growing up in a multi cultured town, Arawa North Solomons Province.
This was before the crisis, and Bougainville was Paradise, it still is.
My exposure to Art was a very natural subconscious gravitation as Art played a big part in the community,in my School Bovo International and in my Home.I do remember seeing seminal rock bands Aunge Punks and April Suns back then.
Fast forward and the relocation to my home province brought out a sense of cultural realisation and my connection to my tribal roots, I am really thankful, grateful and I do feel blessed .
I have been very fortunate to be able to do music,theatre,visual art and spoken word over a number of years now, having been a member of a revamped Sanguma, my own band Prymal Gruuv and a part of the Theatre, Musical, Body Art, and Fashion extravagance Fusion Milne Bay.
Art is an important and intergral part of my life,though its value,significance and meaning continue to evolve over time.
We live in a world and a society that is drawn or has been sucked into an Absence of Reality.Art is a powerful tool that can guide us out from this social distortion.
As I say “Sky ain't the limit, Heaven is”(jd)