Artists’ group is busy in the com­mu­nity

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Gra­hame Whyte

Prom­i­nent lo­cal artist Pam Mans­field from Co­bram has been an ac­tive mem­ber of Co­bram Artists So­ci­ety for about 12 years.

‘‘We have achieved many things,’’ Ms Mans­field said.

‘‘Work­ing with the schools and the el­derly we hope we have made a dif­fer­ence with our art,’’ she said.

‘‘The so­ci­ety has con­ducted many work­shops with very well-known artists and not only do we en­joy the lessons but it’s a good so­cial get-to­gether for the week­end.

‘‘With such a va­ri­ety of sub­jects — our beau­ti­ful river and an­i­mal life — we are so lucky to live in such a peace­ful and friendly place.’’

Ms Mans­field has en­joyed con­sid­er­able suc­cess in her artis­tic en­deav­ours re­cently, af­ter fea­tur­ing on the front page of the Co­bram Courier.

She went on to ex­hibit at the Nathalia art show and not only came away with a cov­eted Moira Shire award, but also sold the Mur­ray River scenic paint­ing that had been on the front page.

Be­fore mov­ing south to Co­bram, Ms Mans­field lived in New Guinea and Bris­bane.

‘‘In New Guinea I played golf ev­ery day — I had my own caddy,’’ she said.

‘‘And I sold a lot of paint­ings to vis­i­tors, paint­ings of the golf course with the vol­ca­noes in the back­ground — and the Catholic Church liked my scen­ics in­clud­ing the har­bour, so they bought some of those.

‘‘I loved it a lot and I still keep in touch with the peo­ple up there.’’

Nowa­days, rather than vol­ca­noes, Ms Mans­field fo­cuses her artis­tic en­deav­ours on an­i­mals and bird life, es­pe­cially farm an­i­mals such as kelpies.

In her scenic paint­ings she cap­tures the essence and tran­quil­lity of the su­perb Mur­ray River en­vi­ron­ment.

Ms Mans­field ex­pressed her hope that the pub­lic as well as art lovers would come and pay a visit to Co­bram’s unique lit­tle Sta­tion Gallery, the home of Co­bram Artists So­ci­ety, where mem­bers vol­un­teer each Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day.

‘‘We would love to see you,’’ she said.

Wrens: Pam Mans­field with one of her de­light­ful paint­ings.

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