NAVARRE - The sophisticated glamour of the art world was reproduced at Navarre Primary School during their art exhibition.
The talented young artists of Navarre displayed ambitious and innovative works that were inspired by such famous artists as Monet, van Gogh, Tom Roberts and Seurat, at the exhibition on September 2.
School principal, Suzanne Slater, has been teaching her students about French Impressionism, Australian Impressionism, Post Impressionism and Pointillism throughout term three. The students strong understanding of these sophisticated concepts was powerfully evident, not only in their art work, but in their artist's statements.
"I absolutely loved making my Monet-inspired masterpiece, because I got to express my inner feelings for Monet's artwork," one student said.
"I almost died when I found out we were going to make our own Monet masterpieces, it was just so amazing!"
Students Samantha Kelleher and Sophie Bibby said, "When we went to the National Gallery, Monet's les Roses inspired me to go back to school and paint! I am very happy with how my masterpiece turned out, because I had to re-do it several times to get it right, just like the father of Impressionism, Monet did."
The artworks were auctioned at a vibrant pace by auctioneer Moss Arnott.
There was fierce bidding for all 51 pieces, all achieved record-breaking prices. In particular, the work of up and coming artist Kirby Bibby, aged 5, was eagerly sought after. His fresh, almost expressionist style, garnered strong interest from the art connoisseurs present, (rumours of a talent spotter from Sotheby's remain unconfirmed).
The artworks ranged from small jewel-like Pointillist studies, collage responses to Tom Roberts 'Bailed Up', beautifully textured 'Sunflowers' a la van Gogh and large 'masterpieces'. The latter were executed by the senior students after an awe-inspiring trip to the National Gallery's 'Monet's Garden" exhibition. The students were blown away by the scale and beauty of Monet's large works.
"I was inspired by how many wonderful paintings he painted and how he painted on the gigantic canvases," Samantha Kelleher said.
Abbey Bibby said, "I was inspired by all of Monet's hard work because he never gave up, and kept on trying until he got it right."
On viewing Monet's 'Fog over Ventheuil - "I can understand why people didn't like Monet's work, they didn't understand what he was trying to achieve - to catch the light, " Abbey said.
The adrenaline-filled auction was followed by a dinner provided by the women of Navarre. As the whole region knows, when the Navarre ladies are cooking, that alone is reason to attend an event.
Suzanne Slater thanked all those whose support made the event so successfu,families and locals who had cooked, carried and cleaned, Moonambel Arts and History Group who donated the display stands, local businesses - Moonambel Gap Olives, Taltarni Vineyard, Frenchman's Valley Vineyard, Shear Delight Bakery and the Jos House who donated goods for the raffle, Mc Murray Galleries, who assisted with mounting of art works and staff who had happily put in extra hours to set up the exhibition.
A totalof $2626 was raised through the event.
Mrs Slater is to be congratulated for initiating such an exciting and rewarding event for both the students and the community.