Vicki has designs on grow­ing group

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - People In The Valley - ALICE CLAR­IDGE

THE Der­went Val­ley is rich with a num­ber of tal­ented artists and creative peo­ple and the new pres­i­dent of the Der­went Val­ley Re­gional Arts Com­mit­tee is ea­ger to see the as­so­ci­a­tion grow.

Vicki Branch, of Hayes, has re­cently taken over the lead­er­ship of the com­mit­tee and has big plans.

‘‘I’ve never had a role like this be­fore but I am very ex­cited,’’ Ms Branch said.

‘‘There are so many tal­ented peo­ple in the Val­ley and if we all come to­gether we can learn from one an­other.’’

Although she only started paint­ing five years ago, Ms Branch said she is pas­sion­ate about the arts and was so pleased to find a hid­den tal­ent.

‘‘At our last an­nual meet­ing I thought ‘ why not get in­volved?’.

‘‘Our pre­vi­ous pres­i­dent Gale Wood­ford did a won­der­ful job but de­serves a break.’’

The com­mit­tee of­fi­cially meet on the third Satur­day of ev­ery month, and new mem­bers are wel­come re­gard­less of their level of ex­pe­ri­ence in the arts.

The Court­house Gallery, on Cir­cle St in New Nor­folk, is where the com­mit­tee hang their works and trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tions.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple in the Der­went Val­ley don’t even know the gallery is here,’’ Ms Branch said.

‘‘There is lots of po­ten­tial. ‘‘Many vis­i­tors to the town would be in­ter­ested in the gallery too, but we just need to spread the word.’’

The most re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion in the court­house gallery has been a trav­el­ling show called Cir­cles, which fea­tures indige­nous quilts from artists all around Australia.

The Gallery is run by vol­un­teers from the re­gional arts com­mit­tee and is open on Satur­days and Sun­days from 1pm 4pm dur­ing spring.

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