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    TOGETHER: From left, Ray Colvin, Loretta Emerson, Don Sharples, Gill Venn and Isabelle Martin of the Gariwerd Artists group work on a giant piece titled ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ ahead of their Easter exhibition ‘Art is in the Air’. Picture: COLIN MacGILLIVRAY

‘Art is in the Air’ at Laharum

A group of artists from the Wartook-Laharum region is hoping for a large community response to its exhibition at Laharum during the Easter long weekend.

The group, known as Gariwerd Artists, will present a show titled ‘Art is in the Air’ at Laharum Community Hall.

It is the third exhibition hosted by the group, and member Loretta Emerson said members hoped to make an Easter show an annual event.

“For our first exhibition, we had about 80 people at our opening and about 200 in total during the show period, which coincided with the Art is… festival,” she said.

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“The next exhibition was last October and we had about 40 to 45 at our opening and about 100 in total.

“We’re hoping we can get between 50 and 60 people at our opening this time, and as it’s at Easter, we’re hoping we can get a few hundred people across the weekend.

“We’re now planning on having it at Easter every year and we’re hoping there will be a lot more people out and about.”

Ms Emerson said the group contained a diverse array of artists.

“We have some potters, we’ve a couple who do quilting and textile art and someone weaves and dyes silk. Then there are artists who work in acrylics, oils and watercolours,” she said.

“We’ve held a couple of workshops in pottery, fabric printing and painting, so we try to get other people interested in developing a talent.

“We started off with about six members and we now have 11 or 12, so we’re growing slowly.”

The group collaborated on a five-by-two-metre work called ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ specifically for the exhibition, employing a range of stencil and lino-cut techniques.

Ms Emerson said some works would be on sale during the weekend and encouraged people to attend.

“We like people to buy our work, because you can’t keep hoarding all your paintings,” she said.

‘Art is in the Air’ will host an opening night event at 7pm tomorrow, with the exhibition running from 10am to 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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