Showing Pride in art

ART: Whyalla Art Group Secretary Eileen Jones with one of her pieces on show at the Darling Terrace Art Gallery.

ART: Whyalla Art Group Secretary Eileen Jones with one of her pieces on show at the Darling Terrace Art Gallery.

The Whyalla Art Group will be opening up their gallery on Darling Terrace as part of Pride Week celebrations in October.

Secretary Eileen Jones said the group would be hosting an open day on October 24 for the public to come and watch members paint and draw.

“Hopefully the community will see that our group is open to new members, and they are more than welcome to have a go at painting themselves – we’e always looking for new members,” she said.

“It’s important for Pride Week to include small groups so that the community is aware of us and they can get something out of it as well.”

“It’s very significant for us to get the word out to the public, we’re not situated on the main thoroughfare, we’re a little bit out of the way and not a lot of people in Whyalla know we exist.” 

Ms Jones said the event would be a good experience for both young and old.

“It’s nice to see the young ones come in and if they join the group they’d bring fresh ideas which would be good,” she said.

“Anyone can join in, we only paint here and everyone does what they want to do as far as painting mediums are concerned – we do have workshops from time to time.”

The gallery includes a wide range of paintings including abstract, watercolour, acrylics, oil paints, pastels and even wax paintings.

The group will also be hosting a plant sale during the event.

Meanwhile the Hummock Hill art prize is approaching, and the Whyalla Art Group are looking for nominations from those interested.

The prize has been going since 2006 and is run bi-annually, with a first prize of $1000, as well as several other minor prizes ranging from $700-$500.

“It’s all sponsored by local businesses in Whyalla, It’s a very important community event and we’re hoping to get a good number of entrants,” Ms Jones said.

Entry forms are available from the Darling Terrace Art Gallery for those interested.

If your group is interested in becoming involved with Pride Week, contact Advancing Whyalla on 8645 5999.

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