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BEECH­WORTH Arts Coun­cil’s sec­ond an­nual ‘Spring Arts’ next month again cham­pi­ons the creativity of Indigo and North East vis­ual artists.

A four-week pro­gram de­vised by Arts Coun­cil vice pres­i­dent Daren John Pope and Spring Arts ad­vi­sory group, which in­cludes print­maker Chris Dormer and painter Kay Hamp­ton, in­cludes a range of solo and group ex­hi­bi­tions, a provoca­tive dis­cus­sion about art and re­gion­al­ity, a new print­works ex­hi­bi­tion at Beech­worth li­brary and a dis­play of chil­dren’s art­works in Town Hall Gar­dens.

Daren said the feature events cen­tred on an 11-day group ex­hi­bi­tion in Beech­worth Town Hall from Novem­ber 15.

“We have an open door pol­icy with all art­works from all medi­ums and all skill levels ac­cepted,” he said.

“For new artists, this is a great op­por­tu­nity to test out the wa­ters be­cause there is noth­ing more in­spir­ing than see­ing your own work on pub­lic dis­play.”

Daren said this year’s fea­tured solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Old Stone Hall, from Novem­ber 10, is of works by Wool­shed Val­ley painter Nina Machielse Hunt, who is also arts teacher at Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege.

“Nina’s de­li­ciously ab­stracted land­scape paint­ing taps into the his­tory and In­dige­nous cul­ture of this re­gion, in par­tic­u­lar the hills and bush in and around Wool­shed val­ley where she lives,” he said.

Spring Arts also wel­comes ex­hi­bi­tions of new work by Therese Shan­ley at Old Beech­worth Gaol from Novem­ber 10 and by Anita Lau­rance at Off Cen­tre Gallery in Mi­lawa from Novem­ber 4.

“In their dis­tinc­tive ways, both artists con­tinue to make an enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to the arts in the North East,” Daren said.

“We are also thrilled to help open the ex­hi­bi­tion wall in Beech­worth Li­brary, with a print show of works by Chris Dormer, Janet Suther­land and Ta­nia Sutton.

“It’s been a while com­ing but this wall will be ac­ces­si­ble to all artists into the fu­ture.”

For the first time the Arts Coun­cil will be show­ing works from St Joseph’s, Beech­worth and Woor­agee pri­mary school stu­dents in Town Hall Gar­dens ro­tunda on Novem­ber 12.

Art Gallery of South Aus­tralia for­mer di­rec­tor Christo­pher Menz, a Mel­bournebased art con­sul­tant, will help to lead ‘Art Chat’ with Wan­garatta Art Gallery di­rec­tor Simone Nolan, Wodonga Art Space di­rec­tor Josephine Harkin and painter Nina Machielse Hunt in Old Stone Hall on Novem­ber 11.

There will fur­ther be an op­por­tu­nity to gain tips-of-the-trade from award-win­ning artist Frank Burg­ers on Novem­ber 19, in which Burg­ers will bust some of the myths sur­round­ing art ab­strac­tion.

May­day Hills Art So­ci­ety will contribute to the sesqui-cen­te­nary of Beech­worth’s old lu­natic asy­lum and men­tal hospi­tal with an ex­hi­bi­tion at May­day Hills from Novem­ber 23.

There will also a se­ries of work­shops with Astrid Krien­ing for begin­ners at Quer­cus and the pop­u­lar Paint Presto workshop with Wan­garatta Art Gallery for Wan­garatta Jazz Fes­ti­val.

More in­for­ma­tion about ‘Spring Arts’ can be found at www.beech­worthartscoun­cil. org.au.

PHOTO: Coral Coosk­ley

PRINT AND PALETTE: Beech­worth artists Ta­nia Sutton, Chris Dormer, Therese Shan­ley and Stan­ley’s Janet Suther­land are all ex­hibit­ing in Beech­worth Arts Coun­cil’s ‘Spring Arts’ next month.

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