AN emerging Beechworth photographer and a frontier installation sculptor are among North East artists and crafters who will demonstrate arts practice and show works at Beechworth Arts Council’s inaugural ‘Golden Art Fair’ during Easter.
VCE 2017 graduate Holly Borschman and established sculptor Jo Voigt are two among 12 who have been invited to show representative works from their portfolios during the town’s annual Golden Horseshoes Festival.
They will be joined by Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance members Kathy Whelan, Jacquie Coupe, Isobelle Sirianni and Maggie Hollins, Beechworth printmaker Chris Dormer, spinner and weaver Rose Gardner, artist and illustrator H. Fish, and painters Inga Hanover and Kay Hampton at the three-day fair in Beechworth Soldiers’ Memorial Hall.
Quilter Maureen Cooper, painter Tania Sutton, photographer Pamela Thomas and basket-maker Jan Clements complete the line-up.
Jo will also use hundreds of recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles to create a major installation through which people will walk to enter the fair.
It is to be called ‘Liquid gold’ and will interpret the high intrinsic and environmental costs of bottled water, which often retails well above the pump price of petrol, yet is an elemental compound almost freely available from a tap and vital for life, farming and food. The fair will be open March 31-April 2 between 10am and 4pm.
Golden Horseshoes celebrates Ovens goldfield miners’ hard-won right to elect their first Victorian parliamentary representative in 1855 and is Beechworth’s major festival of the year.
It attracts up to 20,000 people for numerous events in the town’s historic heart, including a grand parade on Ford Street on Easter Saturday afternoon.
See http://www.beechworthgoldenhorseshoes.com.au/program or beechworthartscouncil.org.au for more information.