Creative art students show their talents

Students of all ages with a creative flare converged on Halls Gap for the third annual Grampians Brushes artist workshop program.

With thirteen leading Australian tutors offering high quality tuition in twenty-five workshops, no-one missed the opportunity to get some advice and instruction.

The workshops covered many mediums including oils, pastel, watercolour, mixed media, various print making, life drawing, botanical and more.

Program organiser on behalf of Grampian Arts, Marion Matthews, said this year's event was again a great success with artists and students coming from all over Australia.

"The fact that students have enrolled from most states of Australia shows that the word is getting out there about the great range of tutoring on offer," she said.

"We had people from places including Perth, Sydney, Queensland and Canberra."

Four exhibitions were specially mounted in Halls Gap for the Grampians Brushes week including three local artists:

Annette May's - A Floral Fantasy. Vibrant colour as well as the more subtle is revealed in a creative journey inspired by plants, flowers and the bush.

The wonderful qualities of fluid inks and watercolour have been explored through mixed media.

Amanda Blake - My Country, My Home. Amanda Blake is well known for her Botanical Art. Her beautiful exhibition carried the theme: Grampians Flora.

Ingrid Rudolph - Picked. Pastels, gouache, and pen still life paintings.

Ingrid is a local artist who is fascinated with light and shade on textured surfaces.

Her exhibition included realistic portrayals of rusty artefacts, antique bottles, and timber bits and pieces picked from virtual scrap.

In contrast are her pastels of picked fruit and several small studies of found objects in gouache and black pen.

The event this year took in 265 participants who were scattered at locations across Halls Gap including Brambuk, Halls Gap Centenary Hall and the local sports pavilion.

The public had two opportunities to come and see the wonderful work produced by the students at two open classroom sessions.

"Having the diverse range of artists and students adds real interest and some received high praise from the local artists who looked at their work," she said.

"Our numbers are probably the same as last year, which we are very happy with given it has been a very difficult retail year."

It is estimated the event generated 2500 bed nights in Halls Gap over the duration of the event with friends and family of the participants also staying in town.

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