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Art to aid fire brigade

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April 11, 2018

The Art 4 CFA event held in Trawool raised over $3,000 for the local fire brigade.

For a couple of days during Easter a shed in Trawool was turned into an art gallery, in an event which raised nearly $3000 for the local fire brigade.

Headlined by artist Lynda Robinson, the Art 4 CFA Easter Show saw 12 artists exhibit work with 112 paintings hung in total, ranging from $100 to $1000.

The artists featured were Wendy Webster, Ann Voogt, Pauline Taylor, Trish Dale, Jill Mattei, Maureen Runge, Les Bassett, Wid Bradley, Alan Brown, Valma Crerar, as well as Lynda Robinson and Lee Stephenson.

Event organiser Lee Stephenson said while the guest speaker, Member for Euroa Steph Ryan, was an hour late driving from Melbourne’s Spring St to Seymour after getting stuck in the Easter weekend traffic, the show went on without a hitch.

‘‘Steph gave a lovely talk and it just looked fabulous,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s amazing to transform a shed that you park a brigade tanker in, into an art gallery, which is what we did.’’

The highlight of the event, Ms Stephenson said, was a new feature called the ‘‘artist’s challenge’’. The featured artists were asked to each paint the same image from a photograph of a plane dropping water onto a fire near Wodonga, and then it was up to the attendees to guess who painted each work.

‘‘They were looking at them and all the way down to the exhibition and back and forth ... and three people got eight out of 10, which was fantastic when you’re not familiar with the artists’ work,’’ Ms Stephenson said.

‘‘So they got a lovely bottle of Grey Goose Cab Merlot and the gift of a small painting.’’

Eleven paintings were sold on the first night alone, Ms Stephenson said, with about 20 being sold across the whole weekend. But there was one stand-out performer.

‘‘Lynda Robinson on this particular show sold seven paintings — that’s really something,’’ Ms Stephenson said.

‘‘She’s our best-known artist really and people love her work. It’s all pastel and she says the key to success is to paint the district you’re showing in, which is very sensible.’’

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