Artist will re­vamp mu­ral

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA TANIRAU mata­mata.ed­i­tor@wrcn.co.nz

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

at stephaniebrown.com.au

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.

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