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2018 NATIONAL TRUST EXHIBITION: BOTANICAL THEATRE_Garden of Heavenly Delights introduces THE ROYAL COURT OF THE IMPERIAL FLOWER KINGDOM
After a four year wait since her last major exhibition at Everglades Historic Home & Garden Leura, Alison Jane Rice's latest exhibition was opened by Mr Paul Brinkman, Director of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
Following an impassioned speech about the loss of wildflower meadow habitats and their critically endangered status, the artist introduced the packed gallery to her Botanical Theatre characters, a suite of seventeen intrically detailed artworks made entirely from pressed flowers. Eight years in the making it is no wonder the show was a sellout! A limited edition book, archival prints and a card range, representing each Royal Court character, will be released in 2019. dates tba
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NATIONAL TRUST AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 2017

  BOTANICAL THEATRE STUDIO GALLERY & GARDEN LAUNCH: 

After nine years creating her magical artist's garden in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area, Alison opened her garden, gallery & emporium as part of the National Trust's 2017 Australian Heritage Festival. An exhibition of her original watercolour book illustrations were on display, with picture books, cards, edition prints, and gifts sold to the public.   
"The Australian Heritage Festival is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Trusts Partnership Program."  


HEARTPATH Sacred Reminder Cards Launch: 2017
The Deluxe Edition of HEARTPATH Sacred Reminder cards was exclusively created by Alison for individuals who seek harmony and a sense of play in their life. The deck contains 50 Sacred Reminder cards designed to inspire positive change. 
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SIR STAMFORD CIRCULAR QUAY: 2016 

 
In September 2016 Alison designed the colouring competition for the famous Kid's High Tea at Sir Stamford Circular Quay to celebrate its inhouse mascot, Morris the wombat.
Her picture books and prints have also been on permanent display in the foyer since 2014 and are available for sale at the iconic Sydney hotel. Contact Reception on 02 9252 4600 for details.
 
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MELBOURNE ART BOOK FAIR   NGV   May 2015
The Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria 
Alison showcased her collectible picture books at the inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair, proudly representing the Blue Mountains of New South Wales at this highly successful event. The 2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair is the first of a series of annual art book events developed by the National Gallery of Victoria. The inaugural Fair brought together publishers, artists, writers and designers. As well as showcasing local and national publishers, the 2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair present international guests from New York to Japan.
The City of Literature small press stand provided visitors with an opportunity to purchase Alison's limited Artist Edition picture books. A new project of its kind in Australia, the Melbourne Art Book Fair provides a unique art, architecture and design experience for visitors to the NGV.

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ARTY BARTY'S MAGIC PAINTBRUSH  Book Launch & Exhibition  20th Sept - 26 Oct 2014

National Trust (NSW) presents Alison Jane Rice  

Everglades Gallery, Everglades House & Garden Leura NSW

Alison's exhibition and book launch featured the original illustrations, limited edition prints and her ARTIST EDITION picture books. 

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SCWBI Society of Children's Writers & Book Illustrators

43rd Annual LA Summer Conference: 2014
ILLUSTRATOR SHOWCASE   Hyatt Regency Beverly Hills Los Angeles
Alison enjoyed the jam-packed schedule of the 2014 LA conference, representing Australia in the much anticipated Illustrator Showcase. 
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SCWBI Society of Children's Writers & Book Illustrators

Australia East/NZ Biennial Conference: Winter 2014

ILLUSTRATOR SHOWCASE 

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Alison featured in the 2014 Illustrator Showcase. 
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INDIGENOUS LITERACY FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS!
       

The ONE WORD ONE DAY auction at ABC Studios for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation was a great success with over $15,000 raised. Richard Glover, SMH columnist/702 ABC Sydney opened the event before introducing internationally acclaimed novelist, David Malouf, who spoke about his role as ILF's Ambassador.

CEO of Bonhams, James Hendy, proved a fabulous Auctioneer with all artworks up for auction on the night sold. Alison won the bid on fellow artist, Bruce Whatley's work, happily adding to the ILF's growing coffers.

Alison's artwork, 'ROCK STAR', featured in a Silent Auction separate from other works listed.

Photos: (left to right) 1. Alison with David Malouf & Karen Williams, Executive Director of Indigenous Literacy Foundation  2. CEO of Bonhams, James Hendy (Auctioneer) 3. MC, Richard Glover  4. Alison with fellow artist, Bruce Whatley  
5. Alison's artwork, ROCK STAR   6. Angelo Loukakis, Executive Director, Australian Society of Authors  7. Author David Malouf  

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ONE WORD ONE DAY Event, ABC Centre Sydney

        

On Wednesday 20th June Alison took up residency in the ABC Ultimo foyer to visually interpret the word "teeter". A national project created by the Australian Society of Authors to fundraise for the Indigneous Literacy Foundation. See Ali on ABC news. Click on link:      

Alison's artwork, 'ROCK STAR', featured in a Silent Auction.

The auction was conducted by Bonhams.    at ABC Studios Ultimo. Money raised for ILF supplied books and art materials to children in remote Aboriginal communities.

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BLUE MOUNTAINS BUSINESS EXPO: 2012

  

The 2012 Blue Mountains Regional Business Expo showcased award winning business, Botanical Theatre, with Alison's art, books and card range on display. The artist attracted the attention of Blue Mountains Radio 89.1FM which broadcast live throughout the event & interviewed Alison for its afternoon program. 

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EMPRESS ALISON IN THE GARDEN

 

Empress Alison signed books and wove magical spells at her Botanical Theatre carell in National Trust property Everglades on a magical Autumn Sunday on April 8th. Designed for children in the lush Glades area, the annual event also held Easter egg hunts, games, face painting, and courted clowns to keep everyone entertained. Empress Alison awarded six year old, Olivia Morrissey of Faulconbridge, the honorary title of 'Authentic Wish Maker' and 'Most Beautifully Dressed Young Lady'. Three cheers, Olivia! Go to Event Photos for more fun pics ...     

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AUSTRALIAN ARTIST IN LINE FOR GLOBAL AWARD: 2011

Blue Mountains Gazette. News story by Michael Cleggett, 26 Oct 2011 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

ARTWORK IN PARLIAMENT HOUSE Sydney                                   

 

Throughout 2011, Alison's watercolour Native Gossip and etching Leda & the Swan were on display in Sydney's historic Parliament House and the Parliamentary Office in Springwood NSW.

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ALIGHT BOOK LAUNCH: 1999 
"The intention of ALIGHT is to motivate people of all ages, cultures and beliefs to pursue activities which promote emotional healing and peace on earth. And to encourage facilities worldwide to adopt creative education programs integral to an individual's self learning process." Alison Jane Rice, 1999.

ALIGHT: ARTS LEARNING INSPIRING GROWTH, HEALING & TOLERANCE
Creative Arts Journal for Youth & Adults. Ages 13+

RESTORING IMAGINATION WITH LIGHT & VISION
On a full moon in August 1999, Alison launched her self-transformation journal ALIGHT at The New Children's Hospital Westmead. The book included inspiring contributions from Creatives & Visionaries from around the globe. 
ALIGHT incorporated the EARTHBOOK project, the result of a competition Alison conducted Australia-wide to inspire young people to focus their creative energy on empowerment for our planet. 
Each age group was assigned a theme.  LORE One: BE TRUE TO YOUR SELF (13 yrs)  LORE Two: RESPECT EARTH'S PEOPLES (14yrs)  LORE Three: HONOUR ELDERS' WISDOM (15yrs)  LORE Four: PROTECT PLANTS & ANIMALS (16yrs)  LORE Five: HEAL OCEAN & EARTH (17yrs)  LORE Six: DANCE & SING FOR WORLD PEACE (18yrs) LORE Seven: RESTORE IMAGINATION WITH LIGHT & VISION (19yrs). The essential section of ALIGHT - its work book - was formatted into three PATHWAYS. Pathway One: DISCOVER WHO YOU ARE   Pathway Two: DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE   Pathway Three: HONOUR OUR INHERITANCE.
Alison selected seven young poets, one from each age group, who joined her on her self funded tall ship EarthBook expedition in Hervey Bay Queensland. A family of Humpback whales stayed with the vessel the entire week. The experience was life changing for everyone onboard! Created as an International Collectors Edition all copies sold.

The ALIGHT Program: was a unique self-transformation program aimed at providing a light yet profound approach to understanding who you are. ALIGHT encouraged participants to dive deep into themselves through a range of creative writing, drawing and painting exercises, facilitated by the artist, tailor made to individual needs.