Here at Art Parts Fine Arts Supplies, our team carefully curates a range of top quality and great value art supplies for students, amateurs and professional artists. Our creative workshops, held in our Gallery space, are run by experienced, high calibre artists ranging through all different mediums and experience levels.
Art Starts Here is a creative workshop and facilitation business run by artist, Kylie Biltris.
With a focus on creating tailor-made experiences, Art Starts Here offers a range of mediums including mosaic, sculpture, resin, alcohol ink, polymer clay, macrame, and silk scarf marbling.
Kylie's expertise in working with diverse groups of people and her ability to communicate and inspire make her a great teacher and enabler.
She has worked on projects for councils, funded initiatives, schools, aged care, women's groups, and more.
Whether it's a private group, function, or staff development day, Art Starts Here provides a unique and engaging experience, requiring no previous skill or natural talent.
Some of the organisations Kylie has collaborated with include:
Regional Art Victoria, Shire of Towong, City of Albury, Wagga Wagga & Wodonga, Tallangatta Health Services, Gateway Health, local Neighbourhood Houses, and the Country Women's Association.
These partnerships have provided opportunities to create inspiring art projects in various settings and have proven effective in promoting creativity and fostering a sense of connection and wellbeing.
Contact Kylie to have a conversation about how we can help you to realise an arts project for your group, school or community.
Bettina developed a strong interest in both the visual and performing arts at a very young age. In her early adolescence, she wrote and directed plays in the family attic, complete with lights and curtains. The neighboring children were selected for various acting roles and several plays were performed over the course of the summer months.
Bettina had intended to study theatre and English at Acadia University but was side-tracked into Psychology. Many years later while attending graduate school in Sydney, Australia she enrolled in and completed a diploma in Expressive Arts offered through Rozelle Hospital. The facilitation training included: Moreno’s Psychodrama, authentic movement, art therapy, journalling, puppetry and clowning and developing and presenting short performances. She has utilized these skills when working with children, adults and couples for years to come. Bettina is a passionate believer in that creativity is inherently healing.
Returning to Halifax, Nova Scotia her and a business partner owned and operated a private art gallery for new and emerging artists in the area. This project accepted all types of artistic expression and was strongly supported by the local community. Unfortunately, the heritage home was sold and my business partner returned to Germany.
Bettina then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where she worked with very marginalized, vulnerable street artists on a program called Out of the Rain. The artists were provided with studio space, art supplies, nutritional lunches, educational workshops etc. Many of these artists were extremely talented but often sold their art pieces for drugs at a margin of what they would procur in a gallery.
The funding was discontinued and Bettina felt this was very unethical. She then spent the next year researching and writing an arts-based social enterprise, which would provide street artists with a liveable income. The product had enormous appeal with high-end retailers, cruise ships, the travel and gift industry. However, despite an enormous effort, Bettina was unable to raise the capital needed for seed/start-up stages.
During her years in Vancouver, she was very involved in the arts community and was fortunate to be involved in several group and solo exhibitions She also developed several art programs for Vancouver Native Housing, Fraser Health-Bolivar Court, and for a girl's orphange in Ecuador.
Bettina is a self-taught artist, who has painted exclusively in watercolour, although she has a strong interest in mixed medium and fiber arts. Her work hangs in private collections in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United States of America and Germany.
Bettina has lived in Albury for 2.5 years and is really looking forward to connecting with other artists and creative community groups.
My purpose built house on the hill in East Albury is a private space in which I make art but it also doubles as my own studio and gallery. Living here has been inspirational. Beautiful views of the hills, sunsets, wide horizon, sky, weather and seasonal changes have inspired my art making. Not only paintings, I have been creating sculptures, mosaics and garden.
Variety of oil, gauche and reverse oil on glass paintings are on permanent display. Some larger artworks can also be made available for viewing.
My body of artistic work comprises paintings and sculptures inspired by my personal life experiences, my observations of people and landscapes.
During my 4 year of formal art education in Ljubljana, the historic capital of Slovenia, I studied Art History and Art in all different forms. As part of my study I attended many art exhibitions and galleries in Europe. I also pursued more art education after arrival in Australia and attained a Diploma in Visual Arts.
In Australia, I commenced a career in commercial art. After settling down to a family life in Albury-Wodonga, I continued my career in graphic art, painting and later teaching art at a Secondary College, TAFE and private tuitions. I have regularly attended international artist’s retreats in Slovenia and I exhibit regularly in solo and group art shows.
I collected numerous awards and have held 30 solo exhibitions, 5 internationally. Many of my art works can be found in public and private collections in Australia and other countries: England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, USA and Bulgaria.