Benalla Ensign : 2018-12-05
Communityvoice : 15 : 15
‘Benalla Ensign/Window to Window’, Wednesday, December 5, 2018—PAGE 15 www.benallaensign.com.au CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL FCJ Students – HD & C Legal. Photo by Karl Phillipson. Benalla’s inaugural Window to Window Festival Friday, marked Benalla’s first annual Window to Window street art festival — and the results were nothing short of spectacular. town. It’s very busy today, so I guess it’s working well.”
One of the most anticipated pieces was produced by well-known local artist Chris Thorne.
“I think it’s really good to be out here painting. I reckon it’s been an honour to be asked to be one of the artists and I really enjoy doing art out in the public,” Mr Thorne said.
“And it’s a good way for me to share my culture. Most of my artworks are stories of the dreamtime and this is no different.
“This is a story of how the Murray River was created, and it’s good to pass that story on.
“A lot of people have stopped and asked me what it is, and I can share the story with them.
“I just spoke to a couple who had driven up from Melbourne specifically to see the windows. So it’s a really good thing. I hope that this is something that takes off.”
Festivities concluded on Friday with a free public event at the Lakeside Mural which included food, drink and live music.
With the inaugural event being deemed a big success the committee will have a task to better it next year, but it’s a task they are looking forward to. have a go should have a go.”
The mix of artists is something which has created a diversity that gives the festival and the art it has creates a unique feel.
From school and youth groups giving this kind of thing a go for the first time to well-known artists — Window to Window had something for everyone.
Internationally renowned artist David Laity returned to his hometown to create one of the most admired pieces of the festival which he created with his daughter Remy.
“Benalla seems to be going really well in terms of street art,” Mr Laity said.
“I think it’s very important and it seems to be growing here quite quickly. It’s starting to be known as a bit of an art town, in the north east specifically.
“You’ve got this and Wall to Wall and it seems to be building upon itself which is a real credit to Jim Mykonos.”
Remy Laity said it was great to get the opportunity to work with her dad.
“It’s going smoothly … So far,” Ms Laity said.
“And it’s really great to see the town getting involved and making the most out of Window to Window.
“It’s brought a lot of people into so I’m just learning how to keep the paint under control, but it’s been good fun.
“I wanted to do Weary Dunlop because he’s a Benalla Icon and I thought it would be nice if I could do it justice, so I decided to give it a go.
“Window to Window is great. It just gives people a chance to show their work.
“Art can be a bit difficult to sell nowadays because of things like the internet. So this gives artists something that I guess is appreciated by the public.”
Another Benalla based artist, Clinton Levy, took his inspiration from tattoo artist Dave Tevenal.
“It’s a very Japanese based style, high impact, bright colours and bold outlines,” Mr Levy said.
“Being a sign-writer I guess my work is always on display, but to be able to inspire other people is really nice.
“I think it’s great to have so much of the community involved. From young to old, it doesn’t matter what level of ability, we’ve got some great art being created today.
“And that’s the thing, it shouldn’t matter, I think anyone who wants to From small, detailed portraits that would be at home on a canvas hung in the national gallery to Christmas caricatures, the festival has left Benalla with an array of spectacular art.
It was a case of mission accomplished for organisers with locals and visitors alike flooding Bridge St throughout Friday.
Window to Window Committee member Jim Myconos said the festival created a great buzz around the CBD.
“The artists started early in the morning and most were finished up by six,” Mr Myconos said.
“There were about 35 to 40 windows painted and everyone was more than welcome to come down and watch the artists at work.”
The art created for the festival offers something for everyone with each artist being give free-reign to create whatever they wanted.
Local painter Sue Haurigan created an image of Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop on the window of GMCU.
“I have to create the whole picture in one day which makes it a bit of a challenge,” Ms Haurigan said.
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