Nine Lives and Paper Tales

I’m starting to think those cats are onto something … that’s especially the case if the latest art show at the ‘Nine Lives Gallery‘ in Brisbane is anything to go by. Not only does the gallery name have a distinctly feline flavour, but the current group show ‘Paper Tales’ seems to play on that most famous of cat attributes … their gorgeous tail!

Wandering down a little laneway in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley at night is not something I’d ordinarily do, but I very easily made an exception for the delights of the ‘Paper Tales’ opening night. Accompanied by the lovely Jess, I saw many beautiful things to tempt the eye and the wallet … a mere sample of which I’ve shared with you below …

As soon as I saw some of my favourite artists listed on promotional flyers, I knew this was an art exhibition for me. The works of Courtney Brims and Bec Winnel (two of which are shown above) have long been pieces I’ve adored … in fact I have several prints from both of these talented artists already … they’re just patiently waiting to be hung on my walls.

Vibrant colour was added in delightful form, through the work of Beci Orpin. She has a uniquely bright style and her art is instantly recognisable.

Readers who have known me for some time, would know how hard it was for me to NOT walk away with this gorgeous piece by Lily Piri … though I think you’ll agree she is an absolute beauty! *sigh*

If you’re in Brisbane yourself and enjoy all things arty, be sure to head along to the Nine Lives Gallery before the ‘Paper Tales’ show closes … you won’t be disappointed!


  1. Dan

    I very much like the look of the Beci Orpin stuff.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Dan – Beci Orpin’s art works are always very interesting and super bright with colour. Glad you like! šŸ™‚
      There is a true happiness contained within her work.

  2. Kylie

    John and I were there too, but only very briefly. šŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – Oh really? We must have missed eachother at Nine Lives last week. I really enjoy the gallery there, I’ll definitely be back for other exhibitions.
      I like the space very much.

  3. Gabrielle Bryden

    I’m not too keen on dark laneways down The Valley, but you survived and the works look lovely. The Orpin stuff looks my cup of tea. You restraint is admirable Tracey – vive le resistance!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Yes, I’m never keen on unknown Valley laneways … but at least this one was lit up with beautiful lights and filled with wonderful art-loving people. Beci Orpin does create beautiful work (she does seem a popular choice).
      I have NO idea how I was able to restrain myself from purchasing a little something arty … but restrain I did!
      *feeling very proud of myself* šŸ˜‰

  4. fairchildstreet

    A lovely thing to do on the weekend. Love the fact it is down a laneway all the more mysterious. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Visiting art galleries and wandering about the place is definitely a favourite weekend activity of mine … I just wish the weekends were longer! šŸ˜€
      It’s such a sweet little gallery … and full to the brim with beautiful things!

  5. Linda @ Heartfire At Home

    What a lovely time that would have been! I too very much like the look of Beci Orpin’s brightly coloured work. The little fawn is darling as well. If there was an owl somewhere amongst the pieces, I would have been hard pressed not to buy it if I’d been there!

    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – It was certainly a lovely gallery to visit … the day was just drawing to a close and the lights were just starting to twinkle. Beci Orpin has such a wonderful eye for colour and bold art – I can’t help but smile at her work! šŸ™‚
      I’m a complete and utter sucker for animal related art … especially woodland-y creatures! šŸ™‚
      … and yes, owls are particularly wonderful too!! šŸ˜€

  6. bobbi

    if I only was in Australia…this would definetly be the art show for me!! Animals are such great inspiration and so fun to draw. And I love those lights hanging on the side of the building.
    have a nice monday,

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Oh yes, I definitely think you would enjoy this art show … it was full of dreamy creatures and wondrous artistic creations. I would love to be able to draw, but I have absolutely no artistic skill in that area … I’m in complete awe of anyone that is able to do so! The coloured lights were a lovely way to welcome visitors to the gallery …

      I hope your week has been treating you very well! šŸ™‚

  7. Jasmine

    Ooo thanks so much for the reminder! I have been meaning to get to this show but totally forgot. Yay sometimes living in Brisbane does have its perks!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jasmine – No problem re: the reminder about the ‘Paper Tales’ art show … did you manage to pay the gallery a visit?
      It is great to find those little benefits of living in Brisbane … and they do seem to be happening more and more often, which is a bonus! šŸ™‚

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