Work­shops help in fire re­cov­ery

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

Brunswick artist Sharon Reeves will host a mo­saic work­shop in Yar­loop next week as part of Har­vey Shire Coun­cil's Bush­fire Re­cov­ery Project. Those at­tend­ing are in­vited to bring ma­te­ri­als from their homes, dam­aged in the 2016 bush­fires, to cre­ate a per­sonal piece of art.

THE third Har­vey Bush­fire Re­cov­ery Project work­shop hap­pen­ing this Thurs­day has al­ready at­tracted great in­ter­est from the com­mu­nity, with nearly 20 peo­ple ex­pected to take part in the mo­saic ses­sion.

To be held at the Yar­loop Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre, Brunswick Junc­tion artist Sharon Reeves will help the at­ten­dees make a colour­ful ad­di­tion for the front of their house.

“We’re go­ing to be mak­ing a house num­ber or out­side pic­ture or what­ever they want to make,” she said.

Held over con­sec­u­tive Thurs­days, the work­shop will have par­tic­i­pants de­sign­ing, glu­ing and grout­ing their work for a com­pleted piece by the end.

Ms Reeves is a self-taught artist who was in­spired to learn the art-form by the mo­saics found around the Har­vey town­site by artist Anthea Ward.

At­ten­dees will be able to use items from their Yar­loop homes, such as glass, mir­rors or tiles – many of which were de­stroyed in the fires – to add a ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fit to the work­shops.

“If they’ve got things like that they’ve got left from the house, they can put in any- thing,” Ms Reeves said. All other ma­te­ri­als for the work­shop in­clud­ing tiles and tools, will be pro­vided by the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil.

Ms Reeves’ work has been ex­hib­ited, in­clud­ing one wall mounted work which won the Peo­ple’s Choice at the Nan­nup Open Art Ex­hi­bi­tion last year.

One more work­shop, which will look at sculpt­ing, will be held in the Bush­fire Re­cov­ery Project be­fore the end of the year.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the next work­shop, con­tact Melissa Howard at the Bush­fire Re­cov­ery Cen­tre on 9729 0381 or email re­cov­ery@har­vey.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

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