Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
THREE established artists have joined forces for The York Mill’s first free exhibition of 2013 in the Boiler Room Gallery, running from March 1 to 30.

Aptly titled Three in one, Irene Young, Christina Verbrugge and Isabel Jean Colenutt have brought together diverse depictions of nature using a variety of mediums, including pastels, textiles, acrylic and water colours.

The trio live in areas of Perth where they are surrounded by abundant wildlife, reflected in their artistic works.

“My love of the bush and its amazing wildlife has inspired me to paint and I want to share this love, through my art work, for other people to appreciate,” Young said.

“I have been on a journey with my art ever since I can remember – as a child exploring the world on my parent’s five-acre property, I would always find some new treasure to excite me and would draw it with growing ability.

“I have a great affection for Australian animals, birds and nature and began painting them, experimenting with mediums and techniques to see which was the best way to highlight the subject matter.

“As my portfolio grew and my style developed, people started to notice my work and like it.”

Verbrugge was born in the Netherlands and arrived in WA as a 12-year-old in the 1950s.

Painting since the mid-70s, she is mainly self-taught and has received several first and second prizes and commendations for her oil paintings and sculptures.

“I will keep painting with the time given to me,” Verbrugge said. “One should never give up using our God-given talents, which can’t be ignored or neglected.”

Colenutt emigrated to WA from the UK 19 years ago and, following her mother’s death, a family holiday sparked her creative side when her sister first gave her charcoal and paper.

“My work these days usually has flowers and butterflies in them made from fabric, thread, paper, wire and beads,” she said.

“It has a three-dimensional look about it when finished because the flowers and butterflies stand out from the background.

“With my textile pictures, I’m never sure what they are going to look like when finished – the colours in the background dictate the colour of the fabric I use for flowers in the foreground.”

Her biggest achievement to date, Colenutt says, is when the City of Melville bought one of her textile paintings in 2008 to hang in its art gallery.

The York Mill Managing Director John Langton said: “This is the first of our exhibitions for the 2013 calendar, following on from the very successful 2012 season.

“We are delighted to continue with our desire to display works by the many talented artists that embrace the West Australian way of life.”

Three in one runs from March 1 to 30 in the Boiler Room Gallery. Admission is free. The artists will be in residence each Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

The York Mill is at 10 Henrietta Street, York, Western Australia, and the gallery is open 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. For more details, call (08) 9641 2900 or go to

Irene Young, Christina Verbrugge and Isabel Jean Colenutt have teamed up for the exhibition Three in one at The York Mill Boiler Room Gallery this March.

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The York Mill, situated in the beautiful Avon Valley only one hour from Perth, offers a great day excursion for the whole family. The old flour mill site shows its own remarkable history and offers fine crafts, York souvenirs, three galleries, a licensed cafe, weekend providore markets and play area for the kids.
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