All fired up for art show

March 22, 2018

Art 4 CFA is coming back to Trawool from March 29 until April 2 and local artist Lee Stephenson says it will be bigger than ever.

What started through a conversation between three artists who wanted to raise money for local fire brigades has become an annual event, with wine, finger food and local art galore.

Launched in Trawool in 2013, Art 4 CFA was then held at Hilldene, Tallarook, Glenaroua and Whiteheads Creek.

Now returning to Trawool for its sixth rendition, organiser Lee Stephenson, who has been working on the event since Easter last year, says it will be bigger than ever.

With 12 artists exhibiting works, there will be 120 paintings in total, ranging from $100 to $1000 in price. The artists featured are Lynda Robinson, Wendy Webster, Ann Voogt, Pauline Taylor, Trish Dale, Jill Mattei, Maureen Runge, Les Bassett, Wid Bradley, Alan Brown, Valma Crerar and Lee Stephenson.

Ms Stephenson said Lynda Robinson and Wendy Webster would be probably the most well-known of the bunch.

‘‘Lynda is definitely a realist painter, and only works in pastels,’’ she said.

‘‘Wendy is a bit more adventurous — she tries all sorts of things. She likes to paint in multiples of things... she won’t paint just one house she’ll do 20 of them... they’re fascinating paintings to look at.’’

The event will kick off with a gala opening on March 29 at 6.30pm, hosted by Member for Euroa Steph Ryan.

Along with drinks from Brave Goose Winery, Ms Stephenson said attendees could enjoy a newly created ‘‘Name the Artist’’ competition where the aim of the game was to guess who painted two ‘‘anonymous’’ works.

‘‘People walk around, look at the paintings and decide who painted the ones that are for the Artists’ Challenge,’’ she said.

‘‘This year, the Artist’s Challenge is a picture of a water bomber dropping water on a fire — it’s a big challenge, a difficult thing to work on, and a Wodonga farmer rescuing a handful of kittens from top of a roof,’’ she said.

‘‘The artists paint it as they like, and you, the public, have to decide who has painted which one, because we’ll have obscured the name... and you can get yourself a nice bottle of wine and a free painting.’’

Ms Ryan said the Art 4 Easter Show is a fun and creative way to raise money for local CFA bridges.

‘‘This is an event which celebrates local artists and producers and can be enjoyed by the whole community and Im really looking forward to opening the exhibition,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘I am sure the event will be well supported by the local community because it’s an opportunity to give back to the volunteers who give their time to keep the community safe.’’

Art 4 CFA will be officially opened at the Trawool Fire Station on March 29 at 6.30pm. It will then be open daily from 10am to 4pm from March 30 to April 1 and from 10am to 1pm on April 2, with a gold coin entry.

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