Adele Justice at Mount Pleasant Library

About Adele Justice

Oil Painting

Adele Justice, the artist, is captivated by the beauty found in the ordinary. She finds inspiration in various aspects of everyday life, from the chubby fist of an infant to the lustrous gleam of a blueberry drenched in maple syrup, from the reflective surface of rain-soaked roads to the tranquil sight of a lover in slumber. Adele consumes these moments with eagerness and gratitude, meticulously preserving them through drawings and photographs to further explore in her studio. Her artistic process is characterized by its depth, mindfulness, and the ability to silence the noise within as she immerses herself in the interplay between spontaneous creativity and focused realism.

Adele's artworks are a fusion of the profoundly personal and the exploration of universal themes such as loss, love, and identity. She delves into the intricate web of connections through each piece - between the self, others, places, and memories. Adele views the process of mid-life unravelling as a journey of excavation, exploration, and unlearning, a journey that may be daunting but is ultimately commonplace. It's a choice between suppressing or embracing it, and her artistic practice serves as her response to the call to dig deeper and share that which holds profound meaning.

Adele's professional journey commenced with her graduation from Uni SA, where she earned a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Painting). She immediately pursued a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and dedicated two decades to a fulfilling and demanding career. Nevertheless, her yearning to create art never truly diminished. Recently, she decided to reignite her artistic pursuits by enrolling in short courses at the Adelaide Central School of Art and participating in workshops led by renowned figurative painters. These experiences rejuvenated her artistic practice, and her talents were recognized in 2022 when she became a Finalist in the Kennedy Art Prize, standing alongside nationally acclaimed artists.

In the present day, Adele manages successful art workshops and accepts commissions through her business, AJ ARTS CO. What may appear as a renaissance in her life is, in truth, a reclamation of a dream that she had once set aside. Adele has come to understand that there is always time to start anew, chase one's passions, and embrace self-discovery.

Meet the Maker

Saturday 6 April 9.30am –12.30pm

Mount Pleasant Library

The Mount Pleasant Library is a community space situated on the fringe of rural Barossa. Nestled amongst the trees, vines and agriculture, the local community demonstrate a passion for natural resources, community lifestyle and creativity. Physically, the library is co-located with the Natural Resource Centre, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market main office, and adjoins well-known local business, Recreate. Each supports the community’s resourcefulness, creativity, and naturalistic approach to life. 

The library space has recently been refurbished, and now provides a fresh, contemporary backdrop for local art exhibitions. Visitors to the town are also able to learn more about the history of the region by downloading the Barossa Heritage Trail Apps and taking a guided walk along the main street.  The app was a collaborative project between the Barossa Council Public Library and local heritage groups and celebrates the vibrancy and traditions of the regions culture and heritage.

The Mount Pleasant Library will be hosting its inaugural exhibition in the space throughout the Barossa Arts Festival, featuring artist Adele Justic. Following the Festival, the space will be available for the public and community groups to display their work. The Barossa Council Public Library will be welcoming expressions of interest toward exhibiting in the space as of February 2024. 

Venue Features

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Opening Hours

Monday - 9am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 5pm

Tuesday - 9am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 5pm

Wednesday - 9am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 5pm

Thursday - 9am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 5pm

Friday - 9am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 5pm

Saturday - Closed

Sunday - Closed

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