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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.
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.