Bendigo public meets artists

FIVE local artists held a meet-and-greet with the public on Saturday at the Bendigo Visitor Centre Living Arts Space.

Living Arts Space curator Lauretta Zilles said the Earthly Exotics exhibition featured a broad mix of artists inspired by the local environment.

Printmaker Leonie Ahul, jewellery designer Sarah Fowler, woodworker Greg Hatton, sculptor Tracey Koolen and mosaic artist Angie Robinson are all taking part in the exhibition.

Ms Zilles said the “Meet the Artist” day was a great way to connect the artist with the community.

“This exhibition uses living art and artists, and this is a way of bringing things alive,” she said. 

“It’s also an opportunity for people to ask the artists about their work and work out what kind of people they are.”

Auhl, a Barkers Creek printmaker, gave a talk and demonstration. 

She said it was a good way to explain her works to viewers and show how her work was made.

The former science teacher studied printmaking at TAFE after she retired and said she wanted to inspire other people to take up hobbies, post-retirement.

“I really value the journey I’ve had,” she said. “I had no background in the arts until my TAFE course. 

“I went on a rapid learning curve but it was exciting and I think I am able to show people these things are possible.”

Fowler, a gold and silversmith from Castlemaine, said she enjoyed the opportunity to hear what people liked about her work. 

She works with broken heirlooms or shards found in the ground to make one-off pieces.

“It’s a great way to meet clients,” she said. “I garner some ongoing work from that.”

The Earthly Exotics exhibition runs until February 3.

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