May­day call starts a brush

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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.

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