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Brian’s moths take flight

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Port Noarlunga artist Brian Hibben has used his skills in printmaking to contribute to a New York art exhibition.

Brian created a series of moths to contribute to artist Hillary Lorenz’ Moth Migration Project, a crowd sourced art installation to highlight the importance of moths as pollinators.

They’ve joined 40,000 moths collected from around the world – representing the number of moths eaten each day by a grizzly bear before hibernation.

The moths will ‘fly out’ from Brooklyn, New York, then ‘fly’ from city to state to country, tracing the migration of people’s participation.

Brian has become an active and accomplished artist since joining ACH Group’s Riverside Artists two years ago.

He’s mastered acrylic painting, lino cut and Japanese wood block printmaking and is learning watercolour painting, mixed media and clay.

Brian’s works are on display as part of ACH Group’s South Australian Living Artists (SALA) exhibitions at various locations.

You can watch Brian paint live at King William Road  on Saturday August 12 from 12pm to 3pm as part of a community day. Painters from our Riverside Artists group at Port Noarlunga will join artists from 15 other locations on King William Road, including body painter Emma Hack, to meet members of the community and talk about their hard. Look for Brian near The Pot by Emma McCaskill.

Having lived with depression for many years, Brian says art has changed his life.

“I’m a qualified boat builder, but I never thought I had an artistic bone in my body,” he says. “Now I can’t imagine life without it – it’s been brilliant for me. What I enjoy most is the art, but also the companionship with others.”

Find out more about the Moth Migration Project here.

Find out more about what’s happening on King William Road here.