Healing art in the heart of Mullum

Healing art in the heart of Mullum

The walls of the Mullumbimby Comprehensive Healthcare Centre have once again been brought to life with diverse and colourful artworks by local artists.

Ten artists contributed 46 pieces to the third exhibition in the space, which refreshes every six months.

The exhibition space known as the H’Art Gallery features more than 100 metres of hanging space on two levels.

The H’Art Gallery is curated by Mullumbimby artist Solveig who says the exhibition offers an important service to artists and the community.

“It’s often very hard for artists to get their work seen by the public and it’s usually prohibitively expensive or exclusive to be shown at a quality gallery,” Solveig says.

“The H’Art Gallery is a wonderful healing space with beautiful walls and display area that really allows the community to enjoy the artwork.”

“The Healthcare Centre has provided a great resource that will provide enjoyment and excitement for years to come.”

Solveig has her five-piece child series on display and joins a stable of artists, including Bill Veale, Jerry Cook, Gail Grey, Laura Tate, Dominique Quirke, Zion Levy, A. Biel, Liz Friend and deceased artist Peter Saint.

The exhibition is open to the public during the Mullumbimby Comprehensive Healthcare Centre’s normal trading hours and the works will be on display until the exhibition is refreshes in August.

Local artists are encouraged to apply to display their work at the next exhibition by contacting Solveig on 0401 647 325 or by email at art@hart.gallery.

Solveig’s art finds home in the H’Art

Solveig’s art finds home in the H’Art

Mullumbimby artist Solveig has teamed up with Mullumbimby Comprehensive Healthcare Centre to establish Mullumbimby’s largest local art exhibition space.

Dubbed H’Art (short for Healing Art), the gallery features more than 100m of wall space on two levels and brings new life to the recently renovated medical centre.

Curator and principal artist of the space, Solveig says she wanted to create a vibe where people can feel at ease and relaxed when visiting the medical centre.

“I wanted visitors to feel surrounded by natural scenes that are soothing and peaceful, a place where they can walk the walls and allow their mind to briefly forget what may be bothering them,” Solveig says.

“In this way the H’Art gallery is very much a healing space perfectly aligned with allied health.

Solveig is currently featuring her Colourful Mullumbimbians collection, which comprises 12 life-sized portraits of some of Mullum’s more colourful characters, including Mandy Nolan and actorvist Tony Barry.

Other works by Solveig on display showcase the rainbow region’s iconic landscapes.

Healthcare Centre general manager Chiron Weber is very pleased with the ‘lift’ the artwork gives the space.

“We have so many people come in just to see the artwork,” Chiron says.

“I’ve always wanted to turn the space into an art gallery and Solveig was an obvious choice, her work is loved by the community and is a natural fit with our mission as a healthcare provider.”

Catch the exhibition before the next selection of Solveig’s works are put up on display, including a number of her works recently exhibited at the Asia Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong.

The exhibition will rotate its artworks approximately every six months and will feature quality artists from the community.

If you are a local artist and feel your work is of a high standard and would like to display in the space, express your interest at art@mullumhealthcentre.com.

Hong Kong show in just six days

Hong Kong show in just six days

In just 6 short days, I will be on a plane headed for my first Hong Kong show. The buildup has been slow and steady. now that it’s just round the corner, I wonder if I’ve forgotten anything.

My social media Instagram and Facebook have been receiving lots of attention. My gallery is up to date and I’ve been doing lots of research on how to reach an international audience. It’s all a little confusing for this artist’s excited brain.

I am delighted with my promotional material back from the Print Rescue. The colour is delicious: 100% magenta and 50% cyan makes the most luscious purple. I will live into this colour and let it represent me to the world.

My newspaper publicity is out there, big thanks to Echo Publications and Byron Shire News. My community has been hugely generous in its support and wishing me well, as has my family and friends. Everyone is so excited for me. I get people stopping me in the streets and people hanging out of car windows to wish me good luck.

Free passes to give away

I have general admission passes to give away to the 15th Asia Contemporary Art Show but I don’t know anyone in Hong Kong to give them to. If you happen to stumble upon this post and you’re going to be in Hong Kong around 4-7 October then have a free pass.

What to wear and how to present myself is challenging for me because my usual modus operandi is comfort-driven and laid-back. My default setting is calm and happy. Hopefully, I will hold that frequency throughout this grand adventure. I have never been out of Australia so I’m looking forward to meeting other artists, trying out the food on Hong Kong and seeing what a foreign country looks like. Bring it on!


Contemporary art show feature Solveig’s “show-stopper” artwork

Contemporary art show feature Solveig’s “show-stopper” artwork

In just three weeks, Solveig will showcase her stunning artwork in Hong Kong at the 15th Asia Contemporary Art Show.

Opening on 4 October through to 7 October, the art show will feature more than 1,500 original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography by some of the world’s most interesting and promising artists.

Show Director Mark Saunderson describes the event as an intimate and authentic art experience that strives to embody the exceptional international spirit of Hong Kong, a city that is a meeting point for art, ideas and artists from around the globe.

“The four-day event responds to the idea of the experiential age: audiences and collectors enjoy exploring three levels of the five-star Conrad Hong Kong, discovering art that they can take home and enjoy,” Mark says.

Mark has chosen Solveig’s Wet Feet as one of the stand-out artworks from around the world and looks forward to welcoming the Mullumbimby artist to Hong Kong for her first international trip.

Read more about the Asia Contemporary Art Show announcement or visit the show’s website for more information.

Solveig prepares for Hong Kong art show

Solveig prepares for Hong Kong art show

Solveig has been invited to showcase her work at the 15th Asia Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong.

In less than 35 days, the nearly 70-year-old graphic impressionist, will leave Australia for the first time.

“Until now, I’ve never had reason to leave, but this is such a great opportunity,” Solveig says.

“We don’t have anything like this in Australia for artists, it’s a real chance to showcase my work to the world.”

Solveig’s is taking 20 original artworks including Sun Bathing (pictured) with her and will display them in her own suite at the Conrad Hilton as part of the intimate hotel art fair. 

Over four days (4-7 October), guests will visit each of the exhibitors’ suites to see more than 1,500 original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography on display.

Solveig joins more than 50 exhibitors from across the world including United Kingdom, France, Russia, Lebanon, Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Solveig is currently a featured artist at the show’s website: www.asiacontemporaryart.com.

In response to envious concerns from the community about Mullumbimby missing out, Solveig will be doing a show in her home town early in the new year. 

“I am working with local shop owners to display one piece in 20 different businesses, creating an art trail,” Solveig says.

Take a look at Solveig’s latest work in her gallery.

The Joy of Reproduction

The Joy of Reproduction

Canvas prints are having your cake and eating it too

Buying canvas reproductions for your living area takes the commitment out of choosing art. You get the original artwork that appeals to you, printed on white canvas, and stretchered. And you get it at a fraction of the price you would pay for the original.

You get something that’s beautiful, often smaller than the original and ready to be hung. What’s more, you can change it to suit your mood or season. They make an excellent splash of colour around the house and brighten up any decor.

Sure, nothing is quite like the original. The colours are vibrant, the size is substantial, the frame holds the painting’s space, commanding the attention of would-be viewers. But, the price of an original puts it out of reach of much of its appreciative audience. A canvas print gives you that feature piece for your wall while being kinder to your wallet. 

What about the quality of canvas reproductions?

Print reproduction technology is mature these days. It has come along way and across much of the industry, a high standard is maintained, comprising quality materials and construction techniques.The quality of reproduction is excellent. Colours are superbly matched to the original and nothing is lost in detail or intensity.

They are sealed to protect the surface and will live a long and meaningful life in your home, office or retreat. Modern, minimalist, making the image the hero, canvas reproductions is finished professionally and look great.

As an artist, Solveig keep her originals in safe, dry storage but she lives with canvas prints of her favourite paintings in her home and studio. There is no diminishment of the image as a canvas print. The quality and energetic play of the colours broadcasts as  effectively as the original and can be equally enjoyed.

Canvas prints allow you to add framing should you wish to match with specific decor. However, they are aesthetically pleasing left bare. Canvas is traditional way to showcase art. We are acclimated over centuries to associate canvas with masterful images. Right up to the present they suit any style or medium.

Solveig releases range of canvas prints

Solveig is a ground level artist. She lives the artist’s life mirroring her environment and society. Her choices have placed her in close and healing relationship with Nature. It is her hope that her images will find their way into many homes and places where people can surrender to the vibrational intention of her works and be soothed and relaxed.

To deliver on her intention, Solveig has released a range of canvas prints. Canvas reproductions serve as an accessible and affordable means for people to fill their living space with gentle energy and beneficial effect Solveig’s art evokes.

Canvas prints now available

Check out the new range of Solveig quality canvas reproductions. View collection»

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Solveig discusses art tips on hygge video for CIYL

Solveig discusses art tips on hygge video for CIYL

Following on from the success of Solveig’s first appearance on Colour in Your Life, Solveig has again appeared on the network with her hygge video. Solveig discusses the Scandinavian concept hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), which is all about comfort and coziness and coming home to warm loving friends and family.

Solveig’s name also Scandinavian and pronounced sool-way, means “sun’s path”. She feels a special resonance with her ancestors and their culture.

Read more about hygge and watch the video and be sure to let us know what you think.



Solveig sets us new art studio

Solveig sets us new art studio

Act of God deals devastation

Flood damage destroyed Solveig’s art studio in what has been some of the biggest flooding Mullumbimby has seen in decades. Solveig lost equipment and a number of irreplaceable works. At first, Solveig thought the damage was extreme, but as it dried out, far less damage than expected had actually occurred. Even so, Solveig was prompted.

Even though Solveig enjoyed her little studio in town, she wanted more. She wanted to go to the studio in the middle of the night or first thing when she woke up. But this meant driving 15 minutes into town. What Solveig really wanted was to go downstairs and continue working.

 This idea has been with Solveig her whole adult life. To simply be able to get up when the urge takes you, when the desire is there and the juices are flowing. But because of life’s restrictions and variations, and duties and responsibilities, Solveig has always felt compromised about her art versus her commitments.

How do you divide your time to allow both the creative and the domestic? Everything takes time and planning.

The early days

When Solveig was at Art College in the 70’s, she used to go around to the big converted warehouses around Darlinghurst and Paddington, and a lot of the so called popular artists of the day in Sydney. Artists of the ilk of Martin Sharpe and Ken Reinhard used to rent these wonderful studio warehouses with high ceilings and windows, and plenty of room above.

Such space allowed big works to be created, things like sails and creatively-challenging art. Such art was impossible to create and display on a small wall in a commercial or urban house. These studio spaces really gave their creative residents freedom.

This was the 70’s. This has nothing to do with way our society receives and supports art these days. But back then in Whitlam’s day, it was wide open to artists. They were valued. They felt that their contribution was as valid as anyone else’s. And because they were theatrical and creative and pushed the boundaries of design and conceptualisation, it was a golden age for artists.

The dream begins

Solveig was a student at the time looking at those beautiful spaces and dreaming of the studio that she would like to paint and work in. Dreaming of the circumstances where she could have a truly creative process in a space that was bespoke for her.

So instead of reinvesting in restoring the town studio, Solveig built a studio at her rural property near Mullumbimby. She is artist who could live her whole life happily in a studio.

She could spend days there in the creative space, custom designed  for her creative flow and activity at all hours with all sorts of media and materials.

The studio is not just setup for painting, not just set up for one application. But for all sorts of creative endeavours. She is able to work inside and outside with electrical equipment and tools, with mess and paint and mixed media.

She can create sculptures as well as paintings and self express fully as the full time artist she is. The artist that is completely determined to come out and not accept the compromise she may have in the past.

Time to call the builder

Her studio was planned – a very simple idea. And then she got her builder. Not your usual builder, he used to be a usual builder, but time and nature and his philosophy turned him into a whole other creature.

Solveig builder builds in his bare feet. He walks all over  everything as he works, jumping, squatting, panting. He works flat out, singing to himself, whistling a happy tune and out of all that activity, he created in front of Solveig’s eyes the perfect, most appropriate, most wonderful studio she could ever have imagined or wanted.

Solveig stands in her space, an atmosphere where she feel completely at home and at one with the process of her creativity. She works happily, whistling a tune creating art that reflects society and herself. She paints the beauty she wants to draw attention to, the natural beauty.

Now, rather than keeping her artwork small for a small space, she paints unlimited, unrestrained. She can paint and sculpt and go outside and erect my sculpture in situ in my environment. As an artist, all Solveig’s dreams have come true. 

Solveig releases 2016 Portraits calendar

Solveig releases 2016 Portraits calendar

Keen to kick off 2016 in style, local artist Solveig has released a portraits calendar of 12 iconic Mullumbimby characters.

Culminating two years of work across two collections Colourful Mullumbimbians and Beautiful Blondes, the calendar features comedian Mandy Nolan, actorvist Tony Barry, community champion Jeannette Martin, singer songwriter Rebecca Ireland and many more.

Solveig, who due to popular demand also appears in the calendar, says it was a pleasure to bring these colourful characters to a large format, full colour calendar.

“I wanted to celebrate my unique community and it’s been joyful work meeting, collaborating with, and painting these beautiful people.”

Jeannette Martin says she was honoured to be included in this “wonderful calendar”.

“It depicts some of the colourful people you may know or have seen around town who add so much to the creativity of Mullumbimby,” Jeannette says.

You can get your copy of the calendar for $25, which is available now at Mullumbimby Newsagency, the Bookshop, Mullum Mac, the Magic Pot (formerly Japunumop Noshery) and online at www.solveig.com.au.

Copies of the individual portraits and Solveig’s other works can also be purchased online.

Solveig features on Colour in Your Life

Solveig features on Colour in Your Life

Local artist Solveig couldn’t believe her ears when she heard that the television series ‘Colour in Your Life’ wanted to feature her as one of the artists on the series.

Solveig had approached the show following her well-received ‘Colourful Mullumbimbians’ exhibition earlier in the year.

The series, which has been running for a little more than four years, showcases Australian artists and is aired on 4ME and on more than forty stations in the United States.

Managing Director Graeme Stevenson says he chose to feature Solveig on ‘Colour in Your Life’ because of her distinctive style and because Solveig had already put a lot of work into her marketing through her website and promotional material.

“What we try and do in the whole process is find people that are different but can also work in partnership with us to build the platform,” Graeme says.

“As the system builds, they get more recognition and more sales. Somebody from Belgium or Ankansas could be phoning Solveig in the next 12 months.”

Solveig says the production was an amazing opportunity to reach audiences that she never would have been able to reach alone.

“I’m very excited about the larger audience and greater reach for putting my artwork out there,” Solveig says.

“It’s great to work with someone that sees so much potential for my work, who wants to put Australian artists in the international spotlight.”

Watch the episode below or catch it on 4ME at 8pm on Sunday, 2 November 2014.

“Colourful Mullumbimbians” exhibition shines

“Colourful Mullumbimbians” exhibition shines

More than 100 people turned out to see the launch of Solveig’s “Colourful Mullumbimbians” portrait exhibition at the Empire on Thursday night.

The exhibition, which celebrates our community through the colourful characters that call Mullumbimby home, was well-received with performer Dannidoo Butterfly the crowd favourite.

The other portraits were comedy queen Mandy Nolan, actor/activist Tony Barry, singer-songwriter Rebecca Ireland, hitch-hiking life coach Shanti Ananda and environmental campaigner Paul Brecht.

The sitters for each of the portraits were in attendance, except for Tony Barry who Skyped in during the evening to announce the winner of a Solveig signature print.

Solveig was delighted with how the night turned out.

“The exhibition was a culmination of a year’s work. It was such a delight to see all those people enjoying gift to the community,” Solveig said.

“Now it’s time to get back to the studio.”

Special thanks to the Empire for hosting the event and providing delicious food, the Courthouse Hotel in conjunction with Coopers and Tobacco Road for providing drinks, and Mullum Mac for their technology support and organisation of the event.


Solveig showcases colourful Mullumbimbians

Solveig showcases colourful Mullumbimbians

Local artist Solveig will unveil her most recent artworks at an upcoming portraits exhibition entitled “Colourful Mullumbimbians” at the Empire Cafe.

The exhibition, which kicks off Thursday, 20 March at 6pm, celebrates our community through the colourful characters that call Mullumbimby home.

Portraits on display include comedy queen Mandy Nolan, actor / activist Tony Barry, singer-songwriter Rebecca Ireland, hitch-hiking life coach Shanti Ananda, performance artist Dannidoo Butterfly and environmental campaigner Paul Brecht.

Solveig is excited to be bringing the artwork to the community and anticipates the collection will inspire a range of emotions from hilarity to empathy.

“It’s taken me a year to put this particular collection together. I feel like I know each of the characters intimately and I’m extremely proud these colourful people are a part of my community,” Solveig says.

Paul Brecht, who has been ‘captured’ by the artwork said he was privileged to be a part of the collection and in good company.

“The portrait was incredibly life-like and the result was a good partnership between artist and subject,” Paul says.

Mandy Nolan praised Solveig for her originality in approaching her portrait.

“The great thing about posing for Soveig is that she was interested in coming up with a portrait that showed who you were, not what you look like – photos can do that, and I believe a painting has the ability to tell so much more of a person’s story. I really feel she nailed that for me!” Mandy says.

Local businesses have rallied behind the exhibition with the Empire Cafe, the Courthouse Hotel and Mullum Mac all contributing their time and services to ensure the success of the exhibition.

Drinks and finger food will be served opening night and a canvas print autographed by the artist will be given away as a lucky door prize.

The exhibition will be on display for one month.