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This is Art presents ‘Arcana’, an immersive journey of art and music

This is Art | April 26, 2021

Mint Art House Crew

From a dusty conversation born deep in the Nevada Desert to a Burleigh Heads reality, This is Art announces their second event in collaboration with Mint Art House on Saturday, 22 May 2021 in Burleigh Heads.

This is Art, the newly founded events company, is all about providing unique spaces and experiences for artists and creatives in all senses – alongside embracing the culture that is consistently thriving on the Gold Coast.

Carrying on after the mad success of This Is Art’s first sold out exhibition at the end of last year with local artist Owlet, the team are eager to introduce their next venture with new tricks up their sleeve.

Image credit: Mitch Lowe
Image credit: Mitch Lowe
Image credit: Mitch Lowe

“Based on a love of experience [something enticing to the eye, ear, heart or soul] the idea of combining those elements; sight sound and feel, into a sensory showcase was formed….and with that, This Is Art was born,” said Gus Irwin, the founder of This Is Art.

As their first show of 2021 they are starting with something a little bit different. Teaming up with local friends, and co-creatives Mint Art House.

Made up of a family-like group of diverse talent and ideas, Mint Art House brings an all inclusive energy wherever they go – because that is what it is all about, being open and ready for new perspectives, and having an indubitably good time while they are it.

Thea Skelsey @theaskelsey
Natalie Popovski @natpop
Dion Parker

Among the artists involved is Nat Popovski, one of the founders of Mint Art House and homegrown wonder, Nat possesses an incredible ability to bring the more subtle parts of daily life to life, exploring the ordinary with an extraordinary eye, exposing the bigger picture through her unique craft.

Another is mural artist Shmick, known for his large-scale pieces which are inspired predominantly by nature. Having worked in all corners of the creative industry over the last ten years, he is well versed in the range of skills to make something truly special. Using a beautiful blend of expressionism, surrealism and realism, his work transports you, whilst at the same time keeping you grounded.

After her solo show’s success, we are very excited to have Owlet return with her magic ways. Her undeniable link with Australian culture is predominant in her pieces, from distinctive landscapes to lost communities. The scope of work identifies the true scale of our wonderful country, often exposing us to the roads less travelled.

The full lineup of Mint Art House artists includes the likes of Shmick, CRT, Dion Parket, Owlet, Nat Popovski, Steve Gormon, Camille Manley, Ella May Fitzgerald, Emily Rose Hastie, Georgina Lamperd, Thea Skelsey, Dean Brocket and Lucy Moore.

Shmick @shmick
Owlet, AKA Cara Sanders
Camille Manley @camillemanley_art

So, what can you expect at This Is Art’s Gold Coast event? Put simply: the unexpected. “We work hard to curate each event differently. The venue, music, and everything in between is all tailored to suit the aesthetic of the artists,” said Gus.

There will be a great focus on the impact of sound and light, as the connection to art is best experienced through all the senses. Alongside this, Mint Art House had the epic concept of each drawing a tarot card and doing an interpretive painting of their reading, hence the name of the event; Arcana.

Throughout the evening, all the Mint artists involved will draw from the Arcana Major tarot card deck and then paint a live piece of their interpretation of the card. Once complete, the paintings will be hung and exhibited in an unusual manner around the venue, alongside some of the artists’ original works displayed, with all works available for purchase at the event.

CRT @crt.designs
Ella May @ellamayphoto
Image credit: Mitch Lowe

This Is Art’s collaboration with Mint Art House on the Gold Coast will be accompanied by an epic soundtrack from the likes of Here’s Johnny, Just Jessie, Latour, Chrome Capital, Mosaic, and a GC favourite Shimmy Disco.

This Is Art invites you to join their next immersive experience on Saturday, 22 May from 4pm at 55 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads. Tickets start from $35.00, with local food truck and an on-site bar, serving drinks that include Paul Fisher’s latest venture Hard Fizz Seltzer, This Is Art on the Gold Coast has all the makings for a good time. Not to mention, the event is environmentally responsible and single use plastic free.

Check out the event listing, and purchase your tickets online now.