Collie Show collaborative artwork a huge success

The Collie Art Gallery’s massive five-metre-long collaborative art workshop proved extremely popular with young artists at this weekend’s Collie Show.

A panorama of Collie’s brand new skate park, kindly supplied by local photographer DC Photography West Coast, was the subject of a huge collaborative piece created by more than 50 participants over the course of about five hours.

The panorama was split into 50 sections, with each part rendered by young artists in their own individual style. Artists could choose their preferred medium from a selection of oil pastels, soft pastels, pencils, watercolour pencils, inks and acrylics, with the inks and paints proving quite popular.

Although the workshop was originally designed for participants aged 12 years and over, Collie Art Gallery volunteers Trudi Curran and Sarah Stanley were impressed by some of the work by artists ranging from as young as four and up to 14 years old. nSome of artists were keen to spend more time on their sections and had taken them home to finish them.

Gallery committee members were also on hand to answer questions about the new art gallery and membership programs.

Local Ken Bettson was delighted to accept his winning raffle prize pack, which included a free family membership to Friends of the Gallery and a starter pack of art supplies. “Fair dinkum, this is great! I’ve never won anything in my life,” said Mr Bettson.

Materials for the workshop were supplied by the Collie Agricultural Society, which organises the annual Collie Show as well as regular market days held at the Wallsend Showgrounds throughout the year.


Photos: 1. Collie Senior High School students Jacinta Menegon and Deja Anania were happy with their artwork. 2. Alyssa Spencer from Amaroo spent much of her day at the show working on various artworks. 3. Alyssa Spencer and Christel Turner hard at work on their pieces.