Mayday call starts a brush
A NEW art group which has opened working studio and gallery space at Mayday Hills enjoyed keen interest at its inaugural open day in Beechworth on Saturday.
About 120 people looked through Mayday Hills Art Society’s rooms in what was once Beechworth’s colonial era lunatic asylum and later a mental hospital.
Society president Christine CansfieldSmith said the founding members had been overwhelmed by the positive response.
“Everyone seemed to be impressed with the wide variety of opportunities that have been opened up to artists,” she said.
People taking membership of the society included prominent artists from Beechworth and surrounding districts.
“We received many applications for studio spaces, so we will be making fair decisions based on mutual needs, and we will be letting applicants know the results as soon as possible,” Ms Cansfield-Smith said.
“We are looking at the possibilities of opening up other rooms for studios.”
The society is organising what it describes as a grand opening to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Beechworth Lunatic Asylum on November 25.
It will include a members’ art exhibition in the society’s Grevillia Gallery.
“We already we have some wonderful entries,” Ms Cansfield-Smith said.
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HAPPY: Mayday Hills Village partnership’s George and Sue Fendyk with Beechworth’s Linda Bunn and her husband Phillip.
VISITORS: Jenny and Kevin Poyner from Yackandandah were very impressed with the new art facilities.
INTERESTED: Artist Anne Kennedy and Jan Clements also visited the studios.
LOOKING: Felicity Barty and Jenny Waldren admired art and craftwork in one of the occupied studios.