STAWELL - Stawell Performing Arts Company's 2013 production of Wind in the Willows has inspired local artist and musician, Mason Chamberlin, to create a number of artworks based on the well-loved tale.
Wind in the Willows opened last weekend at the Stawell Entertainment Centre and proved to be a bright, warm and entertaining show, full of wonderful characters.
Mr Chamberlin is funny and engaging on stage as Toad of Toad Hall, getting up to all sorts of antics and provided audiences with many a laugh in the first three shows last weekend.
A classically trained musician, Mr Chamberlin studied at the Melba Conservatorium and studied fine art at the Victorian College of the Arts. While he was satisfied with providing audiences with a great performance on stage he also treated theatregoers to an exhibition of artworks in the foyer of the Stawell Entertainment Centre.
The artworks are character studies and works based on some of the iconic scenes in the play using a number of mediums including mixed watercolour and ink colour with gouache and oils on canvases.
"I have painted the animals as they could be seen in their character, and tried to embody the humour and wit of the characters," Mr Chamberlin said.
"I don't wish the works to be exact to the performance, instead I desired to make studies into the characters and the personalities they possess in the story."
Mr Chamberlin's works are on display and for sale this coming weekend as part of the final two performances of Wind in the Willows.
These will be staged on Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday, a matinee, at 2pm, at the Stawell Entertainment Centre. Tickets are on sale now at Sneek-a-Peek Main street Stawell or available at the door.