Sometimes it’s just a ‘muddy mess’

QUITE a lot of muddy mess is expected when Hervey Bay’s Gallery 5’s Saturday Morning Art Club delves into clay art.

But that will not be happening until next year, with organisers no doubt breathing a sigh of relief.

It is all about exploring new mediums and having fun, says club co-ordinator Priya Martin.

Ms Martin has spent all year teaching Hervey Bay art enthusiasts from the ages of six through to 16.

During the year the class has focused on basic drawing, water colour, acrylics and for the first time in the new year will be having a go at clay.

“I’m a sculptor myself so I’m very keen to do that with them,” Ms Martin said.

Ms Martin has been a sculptor for 40 years and has been passing on her artistic skills, through being the club co-ordinator, for the past two.

She studied graphic design in California and art in Western Australia and said all of those long-forgotten skills had come back to her since holding the children’s classes.

“I’ve re-learnt it all. I’ve been so inspired by the kids I’ve started painting again; they’re beautiful, very enthusiastic.”

Ms Martin said she could not do her work with Hervey Bay Art Society if it was not for all the volunteers.

They include Dianne Butler, who passes on her skills with pastels and helps with framing art works, and Dorro Grant, who looks after the large canvas art works donated to Hervey Bay Hospital.

“We all love it because we have grandchildren living away so these are our surrogate grandchildren,” Ms Martin said.

Gallery 5 at Urangan will be closed for 10 days over Christmas with the Saturday Morning Art Club starting back on January 9.



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