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Author’s work on community wall


An exhibition of illustrati­ons from author Janette Lucus will greet visitors on a community wall when Ararat Gallery TAMA opens again to the public.

The exhibition, featuring 15 illustrati­ons from Lucas’s book Margot and Milligan: Curious as Cats, will be on show until October 19.

Lucas has decades of experience exhibiting her paintings throughout Australia and Indonesia.

Ararat mayor Jo Armstrong emphasised the importance of the community wall in highlighti­ng works of district artists and community groups.

“The gallery received a positive response from the first exhibition ‘The Butterfly Project’, with many proud parents and community members viewing the kindergart­en artworks,” she said.

“Following the success of the kinder display, the gallery is proud to present drawings from Lucas’s new children’s book.

“Children’s books are known for their magical illustrati­ons; it’s often the first time kids are exposed to art.”

Having re-discovered an affection for children’s books, Lucas wrote her first book, Margot and Milligan: Curious as Cats, on a road trip visiting a friend’s farm near Byron Bay in 2020.

“The book also takes me back to my childhood. I grew up in the La Trobe Valley where we were surrounded by farmland, often encounteri­ng a herd of cows making their way across the road from the milking shed to the paddock,” Lucas said.

“I recently spent an afternoon on a farm near Ararat, in an enclosure with some calves, which behaved ‘curiously as cats’ as they turned to examine me. The behaviour of the calves also inspired the story.

“Margot is a confident and inquisitiv­e child who loves animals and as young children often do, she asks too many questions.

“People can expect to see themes found within the illustrati­ons such as bravery and overcoming fear. All children love art – it helps them process ideas and figure out how things work.

“When I was an art teacher, I noticed that children responded well to figurative drawings and being able to relate to the humanity in artwork.

“My advice for parents looking to encourage creativity is to allow children to make a mess and have a dedicated creative space where they can access materials to draw freely.

“It’s wonderful to have my illustrati­ons from my first published children’s book featured at the gallery, I’m hoping they will inspire children to draw.”

People seeking more informatio­n about the gallery can call 5355 0220.

 ??  ?? INSPIRING CHILDREN: Ararat district author Janette Lucas with examples of her work.
INSPIRING CHILDREN: Ararat district author Janette Lucas with examples of her work.

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