Monday, June 15, 2015


Ruck Rover General Store are proud to announce STAY SAFE 2015, the second annual charity art exhibition founded in 2014 by local artist, writer and curator Kate-Anna St Valentine.

STAY SAFE will feature works from 15 emerging and established Australian artists, centered around the theme of animals. All pieces in the exhibition will be for sale, and for the second year running, the money raised will be donated to Western Australian charity SAFE.

Since being founded by Sue Hedley in 2003, SAFE (Saving Animals From Euthanasia) has been committed to stopping the euthanasia of animals for the reason of them having no place to stay. The program began in the Pilbara and has spread throughout Western Australia, where they find foster care and permanent homes for rescued animals.

STAY SAFE 2015 will run from 15 August to 13 September 2015, with an opening night party from 6:30-8:30pm on Friday 14 August with drinks courtesy of Gage Roads Brewing Co and Sipsmith Gin.

The exciting line-up of artists for the 2015 exhibition are:

The inaugural STAY SAFE exhibition ran from 1-31 July 2014 at Ruck Rover General Store in Northbridge, as part of the Perth Winter Arts Season, and was a great success and loads of fun for those that participated. So much so that Kate-Anna and Ruck Rover co-owner Claire Trolio decided that they should make it an annual exhibition. Earlier this year, Kate-Anna lost her battle with cancer. Claire, along with artist Sean Morris, a close friend of Kate's, and with the blessing of the Williams family, have got together to present STAY SAFE 2015. Please come along and help us to do justice to this event.

STAY SAFE 2015 is proudly supported by:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Smokey Longlong

27 October - 23 November

Local artist Sarah Long, aka Smokey Longlong, will be exhibiting her ‘Fancy Animals’ range of original watercolour paintings in Ruck Rover from 27 October to 23 November.

Sarah Long is a watercolour artist who has taken part in several exhibitions, both in a group setting and solo. She works full time as a genetic counselor at King Edward Memorial Hospital, and escapes into painting at the end of the day with her two cats, puppy and a glass of wine.

This exhibition will feature original illustrations using pen and watercolour. 

Head down between 3-5pm on Sunday 26 October for a fun afternoon tea! The shop will be open as normal, so you can do a spot of shopping and get first dibs on Sarah’s paintings at the same time.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Natalie Acton

Perth based artist Natalie Acton explores human emotion from the perspective of animals in this body of work. She uses symmetry and bold colour in her striking pieces which feature diverse members of the animal kingdom.

These original paintings use acrylic paint and Posca marker on canvas, and have pine frames, put together by the artist herself.

Prices start at $80 for smaller works and go up to $300 for the larger, statement pieces.

Natalie Acton will feature at Mini Art Mart for the month of September.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nevertheless: Illustrations by Sheryl Young

Western Australian illustrator Sheryl Young will show her latest collection of original drawings and prints at Ruck Rover General Store from 1-31 August 2014.

Girls’ faces feature strongly in Young’s delicate work, often with somewhat wistful or melancholy expressions and surrounded by elements of nature. For this exhibition, she has created a collection of original pencil drawings as well as some coloured prints.

All works are for sale.

Nevertheless: Illustrations by Sheryl Young is presented by Ruck Rover as part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season.


Sheryl Young, Esme, 2014.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


1-31 July

Kate-Anna St Valentine, untitled, 2014.
From 1-31 July 2014, Ruck Rover General Store will host a charity exhibition to raise money for SAFE, an organisation saving animals from euthanasia. Curated by Kate-Anna St Valentine, the exhibition will feature original illustrations from a who’s who of contemporary Australian artists including Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Sean Morris and Mel Stringer. STAY SAFE is presented by Ruck Rover as part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season.

The exhibition will be made up of new, original illustrations featuring animals. Each work will be created exclusively for this show and be donated by the artists. Every piece is for sale, and proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to SAFE.

Since being founded by Sue Hedley in 2003, SAFE (Saving Animals From Euthanasia) has been committed to stopping the euthanasia of animals for the reason of them having no place to stay. The program began in the Pilbara and has spread throughout Western Australia, where they find foster care and permanent homes for rescued animals.

Artists: Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Sean Morris, Mel Stringer, Kate-Anna St Valentine, Rose Skinner, Maddy Young, Jessica Horrocks, Chiara Hunwick, Elizabeth Murraffo, Matt Moore, and Leonie Brialey.

Join us for a party to celebrate the opening of STAY SAFE on Saturday 5 July from 5-8pm. Enjoy a drink courtesy of boutique Western Australian winery Drakesbrook Wines, who have kindly sponsored the event. We hope to see you there!

Kate-Anna St Valentine is a Perth based artist and writer who is passionate about animal welfare. She wears her heart on her sleeve, her work giving a clear view into her world. Soft colours and floating pencil work are common threads throughout her drawing which enthralls the viewer.

Kyle Hughes-Odgers is one of the most exciting contemporary artists in the world today. His solo exhibitions, group shows and public murals are too numerous to list. Kyle’s work is found in all corners of the globe including Brooklyn, New York where he completed a series of large scale, public works. He works out of Gotham Studios in Northbridge, and is represented by Turner Galleries in Western Australia.

Sean Morris is currently based in Melbourne where he has been producing new work and recently curated his third successful exhibition, Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos. He has exhibited in London, Madrid, New York, Los Angeles, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Brisbane based artist Mel Stringer is represented by The Jacky Winter Group Agency. Mel loves to put pen to paper, and her work is often characterised by drawings of girls, pastel colours and twee images.

Rose Skinner, Burger King, 2014.

Chiara Hunwick, Pelecanimimus, 2014.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Enid Twiglet

1-30 June 2014

After accidentally discovering her love for hand embroidery while learning to make silver jewellery, Enid has been stitching feverishly now for about four years.

Something of a rogue hand embroiderer, Enid does not follow any traditional rules, use embroidery floss or even know the proper names of embroidery stitches! What results are organic and super creative designs that use the needle and thread more like a pen to illustrate rather than technically embroider.

Her works tend to favour the natural world, stitching birds, animals, fungus and trees as well as unusual subject matter such as anatomy and insects.

Working with husband, Mr Twiglet, who laser engraves Enid's hand-embroidered images onto ceramics, glass, wood and leather, they've expanded the range to make the perfect gift in all sorts of delightful objects.

All pieces are unique gems that are not mass produced. Each embroidery is one of a kind and cannot be recreated.


Embroideries - $110-$360
Plates - $28-$35
Cheese boards - $60
Cake domes - $60

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Lisa Max

1-31 May 2014

May is here and with it comes a new wave of cute into Ruck Rover's Mini Art Mart corner courtesy of local designer Lisa Max.

This month Lisa returns with her signature brand of characterful cartoons, hand-painted on to MDF board, they have a charm and certain air of so-wrong-it's-right wit that has us totally won over. Paintings are priced $40-$75.

Take a look too at these super delightful key covers Lisa has designed for us.

Lisa Max Key Caps - $4.50 ea or all three for $12.