Kelly Lees and Anna Scobie are well known in Newcastle as founders of Urban Hum, a beekeeping enterprise that produces delicious honey from local backyards and rooftops. Not so well known is the fact they are both sculptors who have been practising in the region for over 10 years.
'Sharing a life and a studio is an amazing blessing and occasionally a very messy endeavour for a woodcarver and a metalworker’, says Anna.
'Anna and I have collaborated on individual works, offered advice and sometimes creative direction to each other when frustration strikes', said Kelly, 'but this is our first show together'.
Anna is a second generation woodcarver, and when her father, renowned wood artist Neil Scobie, passed away last year, it spurred Kelly and Anna to celebrate him through their own creative endeavours.
Neil taught Anna to turn wood from the age of three and she has been working with red cedar and Huon pine ever since. Kelly-Ann Lees' work has featured in Sculpture by the Sea and her five metre high public commission Caught can be seen on the harbour at Wickham.
Anna and Kelly will display works in metal, timber and beeswax and have dedicated their exhibition to the memory of Neil Scobie and to the simple act of creativity that is present in everyday life. Second Nature will be on display at Art System Wickham from March 24 to April 9, 2017. Join the artists for the official opening celebration at 6 pm on Friday 24 March.