Testimonial from Jacqueline Pettit
“I would like to send my immense gratitude for the mural you created at The Shack. Your work and creativeness always leaves me in awe. I highly recommend Karmaela to anyone who is seeking perfection and professionalism for their project. ” – Jackie Pettit
Jackie is a Social Worker who managed The Shack Youth Outreach for a decade, dedicated to helping local youth soically, legally and emotionally, she became a parental figure and friend to myself and many others. Jackie is passionate about youth and assisting them in reaching their goals.
The Shack Youth Outreach
The Shack Youth Outreach is a youth drop-in centre located in Epping NSW, behind St Alban’s Church. The youth centre is named “The Shack,” having humble beginnings as a literal Shack for local youth to gather. Having evolved since, the current youth centre has a building and facilities such as computers, internet access, bathrooms, lounge, television, pool table, a fridge and food donated from local businesses. They offer youth and family support services and counselling
The mural Skytrek was a volunteer piece I had put together for The Shack. Jackie has sent me a photo one day of a blank canvas which was put in to the wall in front of the Youth Centre. The piece is a hideaway visible only to The Shack and those who walk directly past it. The concept behind the piece, is a secret pathway hidden in the brick wall with presents a sure way to a surreal dream world. The artwork is created to inspire the youth, whilst also provoke curiosity in those that pass by, to maybe stop and talk to the youth at The Shack.
To read more about the artwork and see work in progress photos visit the Skytrek Art Blog
The Shack is a non-profit organisation, so in 2008-2009 under the previous management I had donated 2 separate paintings to the annual fundraiser for auctioning to the public. Below was one of the paintings which was auctioned off in 2009, as well as a write up by the Northern District Times about the youth centre and my work.
Fairy Queen Artwork
Feature in The Northern District Times
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3 Pembroke Street, Epping 2121
Phone: 02 9876 3543