Artistic flair on display at Spring Show

Crew: (From left) Artists Lea Jones, Sharon Wootton and Beryl Galloway with Latrobe City Councillor Sharon Gibson at Moe Art Society's exhibit. Photographs: Katrina Brandon



REACHING almost 50 years of history, the Moe Art Society put on its 79th art show on October 8.

Moe Art Society shared its opening night and exhibit with many primary school students within the Moe area.

The exhibit features more than 200 art pieces in different mediums and styles. Works have been sent in by primary school students of the area and members of the Moe Art Society.

“Each school got 23 canvases, which were funded by the council. South Street was so enthusiastic they bought another 20 canvases,” Moe Art Society president Beryl Galloway said.

“Next year, we would like to bring in Lowanna College because they have a very good art faculty over there.”

Mediums from acrylics, photography, watercolour, oil and more were seen adorning the walls. The pieces came in all different sizes, both big and small.

On the opening night, there were many speakers, including Councillor Sharon Gibson from Latrobe City Council, Cultural Infusion chief executive officer, Peter Mousaferiadis and profound arts consultant Rob Robson.

“I am seeing so many ideas in this room. That is what the arts are – Volumes of ideas. The arts are great for manifesting creativity. The arts are transformative and have kept me off the streets,” Mr Mousaferiadis said.

“The arts are an incredible driver for fostering empathy, fostering cultural understanding because when we find more about others, we find more about ourselves.

“Today we are finding a lot through the different paintings.”

Cr Gibson said that over the years she has visited the art show, it has grown in size and continues to feature beautiful works.

“It has grown so much, and to see the kids here tonight is so wonderful … you aren’t allowed to do any more paintings of the cats because I have no more room on the walls,” Cr Gibson joked.

Many of the works are for sale, even pieces from budding young art students – ranging from $10 to $100.

According to Mr Mousaferiadis, art engages all senses – becoming a haven for many. It allows people to express themselves and their everyday observations.

Ms Galloway echoed these sentiments.

“It’s very good for you. We only have to look at all those children’s works and see how happy they were to be involved,” she said.

“I think young people should nurture it like there were children here (on Friday) drawing and enjoying it.”

Award-winning artist Sharon Wootton said that “as an artist, the hardest thing is sending off a painting to be sent off to an exhibit”.

The exhibit is open to the public at Moe Library until October 28, Monday to Saturday.

Head down to the exhibit from 10am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays.

Great work: Young artists Sharnee Grech showcasing her artwork alongside Councillor Sharon Gibson.

Come have a look: Moe Art Society’s annual Spring Art Show is on display until the end of the month.

Cheeky: “Why not put my art down as 100 dollars,” said Domanic Wright with parents Rachel and Alex.