Currabubula art shows this weekend

Creative: Curtis Nean and Charlotte Steibert of Walhallow school, and Matilda Holden and Toby Nibbering of Currabubula school. Photo: Gareth Gardner 180518GGE003
Creative: Curtis Nean and Charlotte Steibert of Walhallow school, and Matilda Holden and Toby Nibbering of Currabubula school. Photo: Gareth Gardner 180518GGE003

THE artists of today and the talent of tomorrow will be on show in Currabubula this weekend.

There’s big creativity from little people in the Small Schools Art Show at the public school, with about 2000 works including photography and cartooning.

Across the road at the hall, the 55th Currabubula Red Cross Art Show continues, featuring works from artists across NSW and even out of state.

Small schools, big opportunities

Principal James Steele said his school’s 24 children were proud to enter works in, and welcome visitors to, their exhibition.

“It’s always really popular and it’s a really nice way to showcase small schools,” he said.

“Being out of town, they probably aren’t as recognised as the bigger ones are.

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“The more we can get together and highlight what’s happening in our schools, the better – that even though we’re small, we have big opportunities for the children.”

One of those opportunities was the chance to learn from a local professional photographer, Veronica Filby of Country Vibe Photography; and have their work looked over tomorrow morning by special guest judge Julia Hardman, one of the artists-in-residence from the Red Cross show.

Year 2 student Matilda Holden, 8, has an artwork in the black and white category.

She said she’d chosen to depict a dreamcatcher, in lead pencil and permanent marker, because her older sister liked them.

Other works in the nine categories include paintings, collages and sculptures.

Students from Walhallow Public School visited today to peruse the works and enjoy a sausage sizzle with their Currabubula counterparts.

  • The Small Schools Art Show will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm.

Storms and drought

Meanwhile, at the Currabubula Memorial Hall, the 55th annual Red Cross art show was in its second day after officially opening last night.

VOLUNTEERS: Local Red Cross branch committee members Jo Barr and John Davis with the champion painting. Photo: Gareth Gardner 180518GGF001

VOLUNTEERS: Local Red Cross branch committee members Jo Barr and John Davis with the champion painting. Photo: Gareth Gardner 180518GGF001

The judges, painters Judy and Ross Kurtz of Mudgee, awarded the title of champion painting – and a $6000 prize – to Storm Across the Hunter by Sydney’s Gary Laird. 

The event raises money for the Red Cross, with this year’s takings going to the Western Region (NSW) Drought Fund.

Publicity officer John Davis said about 50 people had been involved in organising the event, including many who could only give their time for a small task: “micro-volunteering”, he called it.

Ms Barr said: “The branch itself is not very big, but we call on lots of people.”

“We generally donate around the $20,000 mark each year,” treasurer Jo Barr said.

“That’s our profits, so it’s pretty impressive.”

  • The 55th Currabubula Red Cross Art Show will be open today and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm; and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Entry is $10 per person, $15 per couple; school children free.

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