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Tuesday 30 August 2022

A whale of a time in Margaret River

If limited-edition beers are your bag, Shelter Brewing Co has produced 10,000 special edition cans of Pale Ale featuring artwork commissioned from local artist Ian Daniell. 

The Margaret River-based artist recently painted “Humpback” at Shelter, a 200sq metre wall mural of a breaching humpback whale.

Now the special edition cans known as Whale Ale are available at Shelter in Busselton, at Margaret River Region Open Studios events and at select bottle shops.

Daniell is Shelter’s artist-in-residence during the Margaret River Region Open Studios event, to be held from September 10-25, a time when the annual whale migration is in full swing.

The event will showcase of Daniell’s Life-Size Ocean Art, inspired by the vast array of marine life found off the Western Australian coast.

To celebrate Daniell’s artist-in-residence stint, Shelter is hosting a free opening party on Friday, September 9.

During the event, Daniell will run a series of events for adults and children, while Sundays at Shelter will include talks with whale researchers and marine biologists, as well as creative workshops.

The artist said that he was thrilled to collaborate with Shelter, a brewery that overlooks Geographe Bay, and pay homage to the humpback whale.

“Shelter is a perfect location to have painted the iconic humpback whale and signal to people that they’re out there in the bay,” said the British-born Daniell.

“Despite their gigantic size, humpback whales are famously acrobatic - look out for their spectacular full body breaches.

“The Whale Ale cans look great - I’m thrilled to have my artwork featured - we hope it leaps out and draws attention to Margaret River Region Open Studios."

The event is free and sees artists open their usually-private studios, welcoming in art lovers to chat about art, see their work, and see them at work.

“Both the mural, a legacy of our first year partnering with Margaret River Region Open Studios, and the Whale Ale cans look amazing, we couldn’t be happier,” said Paul Maley, general manager of Shelter.

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Image: Chad Jackson

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