Vicki has designs on growing group
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.