ART SOCIETY: Blackwater Art Society life memeber Dorothy Wilson with her painting, Horseshoe Lookout.
ART SOCIETY: Blackwater Art Society life memeber Dorothy Wilson with her painting, Horseshoe Lookout. Jessica Dorey

Town connects through art

BLACKWATER has come alive in colour at the weekend.

The Blackwater Art Society held an art exhibition at the Blackwater International Coal Centre on Friday night to showcase the art of its members.

The society, which was established in 1967, has a vast history and has brought many artists together over the years.

Society president Leonie Geary said the society played an important role of bringing people in the community together.

"Connectivity in small towns is a very vital thing,” she said.

"The group provides support, a sense of belonging, and cultivates the one thing we all need- friendship.”

The society currently consist of 15 members with one life member - Dorothy Wilson.

Aged 86, Mrs Wilson has been in Blackwater with her family since 1972.

Mrs Wilson said she became interested in art when she was a child.

"I started pencil drawing and sketching when I was young,” she said.

"My interest grew after undertaking an art class when I was 16.

"It was when I started painting in oils that I knew I was hooked.

"My paintings are a record of my memories”

Mrs Wilson is an impressionist artist presents her view of scenery and animals to the world through her art.

"I work with a variety of mediums,” she said.

"I favour oil because I know more about it, but there's something magical about watercolour.”

The Blackwater Art Society comes together as a group twice a week.

Mrs Wilson said she is grateful to work with a group of enthusiastic artists.

"I have made many lasting friendships along the way,” she said.

"I have never stopped learning and like to help the others in the club whenever I can- because giving is receiving.”

The Blackwater Art Society meets every Tuesday and Sunday from 10am at 6 Evans Street, Blackwater. The group encourages new company to join, no matter what their skill level.

The Blackwater Art Society Art Exhibition will be on display at the Blackwater International Coal Centre until November 11. For information visit the Blackwater Art Society Facebook page.


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