Junior arts splash

The Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery’s focus for April is creativity and competition, with locals donating materials for budding artists to use.

The gallery will hold children’s workshops during the April school holidays, with a collaborative project to create artwork for the venue’s new garden area. Mosaic art works using plastic bottle tops will be created in four sessions on April 12-13, with community members having collected and donated eight very large boxes of bottle tops.

Art Gallery secretary Lesley Cook said the bottle tops were “all the colours of the rainbow and more”. The completed artworks will be in a new garden area on the Riverside Drive road frontage near the entrance to Wild Game Wine.

“It will connect that area with the gallery and will be able to be seen at all hours,” Mrs Cook said. “The gallery has been keen to run children’s workshops after COVID-19 conditions prevented this outreach last year. “We held a paper making workshop for children in January 2020 but nothing since.”

Members of the art gallery board have supported the organisation of the mosaic workshops and some will be in attendance to assist. Those wishing to register primary school age students can do so by phoning 8762 3390 or visit the gallery during opening hours.

Each of the four sessions is limited to 10 participants and a payment of $5 is required to secure a place. Bookings are essential.

Meanwhile, entries are now open for the annual Ibis Rising Art Competition, held to encourage local children to engage in art. There are four award categories – two dimensional; three dimensional which includes sculpture, mixed media, textiles, jewellery; photography and student.

Entries in the student category are free and will be judged in three age groups – up to and including Year 4; Year 5-7 and high school. For the 2020 Ibis Rising Awards, the judges’ remarks were recorded and posted on the gallery’s Facebook page.

This will continue this year and with gallery crowds restricted there will not be an official opening. Instead artists and Gallery visitors will be able to view the exhibition and prize winners during normal gallery opening hours.

Entries close on April 15. For further information: Lesley Cook 8762 3390 or 0478 609868 naracoortegallery@gmail.com

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