Design: Yalke by June Smith
About the Artist: June is a well-known artist in Santa Teresa. She was born in Alice Springs in 1960 and attended school in Alice Springs. She is one of the first women in Santa Teresa community to paint on silk. At present she paints for Keringke Arts in Santa Teresa. She belongs to Eastern Arrernte group.
Dreamtime behind the Design: Spectacular views of various creatures such as birds and frogs, and different vegetation can be viewed in the Yalke or wetlands of Australia, both in dry or wet seasons. In the dry season, vast water mass goes back to permanent wetlands, waterholes etc. and become home for waterfowls and many other migratory birds of Australia. In the wet, birds like magpies and geese congregate on the wetland or Yalke. June, with a vibtant color sense, has brilliantly depicted this design with Aboriginal symbols and signs out of her dreamtime story.