Artist will revamp mural
In the early eighties, a young Stephanie Galloway ( now Brown) was fresh out of Matamata College and wanting to hone her painting skills.
She landed a job at Firth Primary School’s library and while there she was asked if she would paint a mural on one of the school’s walls.
Even though the odd touch-up has been done on the mural, the art work has remained relatively unchanged for 30 years.
While Stephanie is back for the Firth Primary School’s 50th jubilee celebrations in April, she hopes to be able to revamp the mural with the help of some budding young artists.
‘‘ I worked at Firth Primary around 1983-84 when Ron Moles [former principal] was there and I ran the school library as part of a pre-employment scheme for youth just after I left Matamata College and painted the murals,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m happy to come over and help revamp the mural as part of Firth Primary School’s reunion celebrations. It’s incredible it’s stood the test of time for all these years. It must be about 30 years old!’’
Stephanie has just launched a new book called Face of Extraordinary: Volunteers and she has made a huge name for herself in Australia where she is on the committee of Portrait Artists Australia.
She also organised the children’s arts and music festival (Artfest) at the Northern beaches of Sydney the end of last year.
Check out Stephanie’s website
As it stands: The Firth Primary School’s mural has stood the test of time and will be revamped during Firth Primary School’s 50th jubilee celebrations. years is being encouraged to get their registration forms filled out and handed in. Registrations can be completed at firthschoolreunion. blogspot.co.nz
Hard at work: This article taken from the Matamata Chronicle on January 29, 1986 shows Stephanie Galloway and David Crump working on the mural which still takes pride of place at the front of Firth Primary School.