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Penguin Bloom at Kapunda Community Gallery

Penguin Bloom is “The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family” and the star of a new exhibition that has just opened at Kapunda Community Gallery last weekend.

Image Source: Atria Books

Featuring photographs from the international best-selling book of the same name, the exhibition explores the life of a magpie named Penguin – the odd little bird who saved a family.

The Bloom family from NSW, came to know Penguin when one son Noah found her lying on the grass after being blown out of her nest.

She was lucky to survive the 20 metre fall, and without care, would have surely died.

The Blooms took Penguin into their home, and what followed was an unexpected and beautiful connection between a family and this sweet bird.

Penguin arrived at a crisis point in the Bloom household following a terrible accident – a fall that shattered the spine of Cameron's wife Sam and left her paralysed and wheelchair bound.

Cameron Bloom said: “Penguin brought happiness to the family on so many levels and became a lovely soul mate for Sam and helped us to heal.

"Photographing Penguin taught me so much about nature and how important it is to our own wellbeing.”

Samantha was a surfer, adventure traveller and a nurse before the accident.

She now works with numerous spinal cord injury charities and is a popular public speaker.

Cameron began his career as a surf photographer on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

His work has been featured in many international publications.

Penguin Bloom won the 2017 Australian illustrated book of the year, with 10% of royalties from all book sales in Australia being donated to Spinal Cure Australia.

Australian screenwriter Shaun Grant has adapted the book, which will become a Hollywood movie produced by Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Naomi Watts, who will also be starring as Sam.

See the life changing photos of Penguin for yourself at the Kapunda Community Gallery, on the corner of Main and Brown Streets, Kapunda.

Open 10am-4pm weekdays and 10-3.30pm weekends and public holidays with free admission, see the exhibition while it's on from June 3 to July 22.

And check out the latest paintings from the Kapunda Monday Art Group while you're there.

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