Alton now ex­plod­ing with lat­est ex­hibits In the ’60s art deco was re­ally big and I got into it — now I am sim­ply re­vis­it­ing it

The Riverine Herald - - MONDAY CONVERSATION ... - By Char­mayne Al­li­son

ECHUCA-MOAMA is burst­ing at the seams with artis­tic tal­ent.

And now two of the twin towns most tal­ented cre­atives are unit­ing for Alton Gallery’s up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion.

Cu­ra­tor and di­rec­tor of the gallery Veron­ica Lamb will be show­cas­ing a col­lec­tion of her strik­ing art deco works — blend­ing her favourite colours of red, black and white, the paint­ings fea­ture svelte fig­ures of women and sleek build­ings rem­i­nis­cent of the roar­ing ’20s.

‘‘In the ’60s art deco was re­ally big and I got into it — now I am sim­ply re­vis­it­ing it,’’ she said.

Mean­while multi-tal­ented lo­cal Va­lerie Hill will fea­ture works from her lat­est foray into tex­tile art.

Wow­ing art-lovers for decades with her pas­tel, oil, pen­cil and wa­ter­colour works, Va­lerie has now com­bined her pas­sion for sew­ing and art to cre­ate a range of stun­ning ap­plique works — all with her sig­na­ture vi­brant colour scheme.

‘‘I like to dab­ble in a bit of ev­ery­thing and try all medi­ums,’’ she said.

‘‘I of­ten sur­prise my­self by be­ing some­what ad­ven­tur­ous.’’

Grow­ing up in an artis­tic fam­ily, Va­lerie has been paint­ing since she was young, ex­hibit­ing widely and win­ning awards along the way.

After her five chil­dren be­came in­de­pen­dent she joined Echuca Moama Artists and hasn’t looked back.

As for Veron­ica, the tal­ented artist (who is self-taught) has painted and ex­hib­ited in Flin­ders Lane and gal­leries through­out Aus­tralia and over­seas, fea­tur­ing both con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional work.

Re­cently, one of her large oil paint­ings was even se­lected to ap­pear on an ad­ver­tis­ing brochure in Mu­rano, Venice, along­side their fa­mous Mu­rano glass prod­ucts.

In ad­di­tion to con­tin­u­ing to pur­sue her pas­sion for paint­ing, Veron­ica now chan­nels much of her time into see­ing Alton Gallery flour­ish.

Va­lerie and Veron­ica’s ex­hi­bi­tion will be launched on Fe­bru­ary 2 at 11am, with live mu­sic to be per­formed by Ser­hiy.

It will be on dis­play through­out Fe­bru­ary and March. ■ For more in­for­ma­tion call 0439 460 690.

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STRIKE TEAM: WA DPIRD per­son­nel El­liot Howse and Dr Ros­alie McCauley, GMV Re­gional Co­or­di­na­tor Ross Ab­ber­field and Keelin Smith.

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