Art buffs will leg it to Beechworth gorge
BEECHWORTH Arts Council again on Saturday will offer the opportunity for local people to tread the canvas of Indigo’s art heritage with two ‘Art walks’.
Participants last weekend took the inaugural walk – a feature of this year’s Spring Arts program – to explore the legacy of art, science, literature and gardening in Beechworth.
The walk retraces the interaction of the ‘Great Victorians’ on the Ovens goldfield in the post-1852 colonial period, including meteorologist and magnetician Georg von Neumayer, artists Eugene von Guérard and Nicholas Chevalier, botanist Ferdinand von Müeller, police superintendent Robert O’Hara Burke, colonial photographer James Bray and Beechworth-raised early 20th century landscape and figurative painter Hilda Rix.
Rix came to Beechworth as a infant when her father was appointed schools inspector in the region. Her mother, Elizabeth, was an accomplished painter and a member of Melbourne’s prestigious Austral Salon, who had attended the National Gallery of Victoria School with artists Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Rupert Bunny and Emanuel Phillips Fox.
Hilda Rix went on to study at the NGV School, where she was taught by McCub- bin, and in England before painting in France and Morocco, where she is believed to have met or worked with Henri Matisse.
The two 90-minute ticketed walks are open on Saturday (November 3), leaving from the Burke Museum in Loch Street at 10am and 2pm. For reservations go to https://www.trybooking.com/YMOI.
LEGACY: Kate Sutherland (left), James Toole, Jill Keith, Daren John Pope and Pamela Thomas took Beechworth Arts Council’s Spring Arts inaugural ‘Art walk’ through central Beechworth to the Gorge on Saturday.