Art an added attraction at Moyhu Lions Park
MOYHU is set to become a part of the burgeoning rural art trail scene thanks to a stunning mural which has just been painted at the Moyhu Lions Park.
An initiative of the Moyhu Lions Club and funded entirely by the club with the help of community support, the mural has been created by Tim Bowtell, a renowned artist from the Swanpool area who is a regular contributor to the annual Wall to Wall Festival in Benalla and whose work can be see all around the region.
The image on the rest room wall was painted from a black and white photograph of “locomotive 2A”, the first passenger train which ran from Wangaratta to Whitfield in 1899.
The locomotive was one of two in service when the line was opened and also used to build the line, and there is representation of Moyhu station signage and a distance marker showing 162 railway miles from Melbourne.
Mr Bowtell said the mural was applied to a freshly rendered wall and took about four days to complete and he is very happy with how it came up.
“It’s actually the best surface I’ve ever painted on and it came together really quickly,” he said.
“A huge number of people stopped to look and take pictures while I was doing it, which was really great.”
They’re not the only ones impressed with the result, with project coordinator Max Baker saying it was even better than the club had hoped for.
He said the idea for the mural was to celebrate the region’s history and create a new attraction for the town – and he’s pleased they selected someone with the right expertise to do it.
“It looks fantastic and we hope it will lure more visitors and encourage them to stop in Moyhu,” he said.
“It’s a talking point - and at the same time it has historic significance for the community.”
While the mural is currently under wraps, all will be revealed when an official opening is held at the annual garden expo being held in the Moyhu Lions Park on Saturday, October 20 at 11am - with everyone welcome to attend.
The garden expo will be a mega market with a host of attractions including produce, plant and craft stalls along with demonstrations and displays by local community groups.
ARTISTIC IMPRESSION: Professional artist Tim Bowtell has been hard at work on site at the Moyhu Lions Park where he has created a mural which will be officially unveiled during the garden expo on Saturday, October 20.