Art buffs will leg it to Beech­worth gorge

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BEECH­WORTH Arts Coun­cil again on Satur­day will of­fer the op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple to tread the can­vas of Indigo’s art her­itage with two ‘Art walks’.

Par­tic­i­pants last week­end took the in­au­gu­ral walk – a fea­ture of this year’s Spring Arts pro­gram – to ex­plore the legacy of art, sci­ence, lit­er­a­ture and gar­den­ing in Beech­worth.

The walk re­traces the in­ter­ac­tion of the ‘Great Victorians’ on the Ovens gold­field in the post-1852 colo­nial pe­riod, in­clud­ing me­te­o­rol­o­gist and mag­neti­cian Ge­org von Neu­mayer, artists Eu­gene von Guérard and Ni­cholas Che­va­lier, botanist Fer­di­nand von Müeller, po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent Robert O’Hara Burke, colo­nial pho­tog­ra­pher James Bray and Beech­worth-raised early 20th cen­tury land­scape and fig­u­ra­tive painter Hilda Rix.

Rix came to Beech­worth as a in­fant when her fa­ther was ap­pointed schools in­spec­tor in the re­gion. Her mother, Elizabeth, was an ac­com­plished painter and a mem­ber of Mel­bourne’s pres­ti­gious Aus­tral Salon, who had at­tended the Na­tional Gallery of Victoria School with artists Arthur Stree­ton, Fred­er­ick McCub­bin, Rupert Bunny and Emanuel Phillips Fox.

Hilda Rix went on to study at the NGV School, where she was taught by McCub- bin, and in Eng­land be­fore paint­ing in France and Morocco, where she is be­lieved to have met or worked with Henri Ma­tisse.

The two 90-minute tick­eted walks are open on Satur­day (Novem­ber 3), leav­ing from the Burke Mu­seum in Loch Street at 10am and 2pm. For reser­va­tions go to https://www.try­book­

PHOTO: Beech­worth Arts Coun­cil

LEGACY: Kate Suther­land (left), James Toole, Jill Keith, Daren John Pope and Pamela Thomas took Beech­worth Arts Coun­cil’s Spring Arts in­au­gu­ral ‘Art walk’ through cen­tral Beech­worth to the Gorge on Satur­day.

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