Stu­dents cre­ate com­mu­nity art

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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