Students create community art
AN AIRLIE Beach business has been the first to benefit from the talents of students from Cannonvale’s Smart Arts, who painted a giant mural depicting healthy Whitsunday living on an exterior wall at Cafe One 3 on Waterson Way.
Smart Arts owner Suzi Hancock said she was always on the lookout for projects that would challenge her students.
The task of creating the mural fell to Ms Hancock’s Saturday teens class, whose budding artists, aged between 12 and 17, came up with a design incorporating bright colours, Whitsunday living and the organic and wholefood cafe’s over-arching theme of health.
The 14 students then painted the mural over two consecutive Saturday afternoons with Ms Hancock waiving their class fee and Smart Arts and Revival donating the paints and other materials.
Squeezing into a relatively tight space, Ms Hancock likened the creation of the artwork to a game of twister.
“There were 14 kids all standing, kneeling, and squatting over each other, all painting this mural,” she said.
In the end, Ms Hancock said the result was a painting of a Cafe One 3 smoothie, “full of yummy fruit that’s flowing into a rainbow and all that becomes our Whitsunday sea”.
Cafe owner Andrew Watts said customers and passers-by were enjoying the mural, which gave life to an otherwise dull passage.
“The mural was basically to promote locals living in the Whitsundays and to give the kids the experience of being able to paint on a larger canvas and it’d be great if other businesses in the area could get behind them and give them a go,” he said. For more information or to discuss a potential community project, contact Suzi Hancock on 4946 6705.
SMART ARTISTS: Darcy Purtill, Sophie Bridge, Issy Burnup, Kerry McCallum-Coles, Porsha Hancock, Rachel Askew, Suzi Hancock, Brooke Tupaea, Andrew Watts, Shelley Askew, Jaimie Allen, Candee Rackham, Toby Gray, Jayda Hancock and James Heitman celebrating the creation of a mural at Airlie's Cafe One 3. Absent were Philippa Lund and Tia Keam.