Indigo landscape springs into frame

FRAMED LANDSCAPE: Beechworth Arts Council is opening Spring Arts 2018 at the Old Hospital facade in Church Street on October 26 at 5:30pm.

INDIGO mayor Jenny O’Connor opens Beechworth Arts Council’s Spring Arts 2018 at the Old Hospital façade in Church Street on October 26 – launching a month-long program of creative events and exhibitions that place Indigo’s landscape in the frame.

Shows of works by Beechworth artist Valerie Crosse in Christ Church and printmaking trio Tania Sutton, Janet Sutherland and Chris Dormer in Indigo Library Beechworth open on launch day. Sponsor Off Centre Gallery in Milawa also opens ‘Flourish’, new works by Fleur Rendell, and a tantalising array of objects – in ‘O for object’ – appear in a number of places across Beechworth.

SPRING: Valerie Crosse explores beyond her window.

On October 27 the Arts Council hosts two 75-minute guided walks exploring Indigo’s art heritage, starting at the Burke Museum from 10am and 2pm – a ticketed event. There’s also a Young Creatives’ Extravaganza hosted by Beechworth Secondary College and Old Beechworth Gaol, at the gaol, celebrating young people’s creativity.

In the week ahead Beechworth painters Alan Phillips and Nina Machielse Hunt will lead ‘Fresh takes’, a community art class open to all, in which participants on November 3 in Beechworth’s historic precinct will re-work images with deep links to Beechworth’s past. Valerie Cross will also host a workshop, ‘Drawing from life’, on November 4.

Arts Council president Jamie Kronborg and Spring Arts convenor Daren John Pope said the program, which runs until November 25, was designed to challenge and encourage artists, crafters and the community to explore, discover and translate elements of Indigo’s landscape – its skies, seasons, colours, geography, topography, botany, animals, birds and cultivation – in fresh ways.