Painting a picture of the community

LOCAL artists are set to showcase their talent and keen eye for art when the Sorell Regional Art Exhibition opens at the Sorell Memorial Hall.

The official opening is on Friday 29 November at 6.30pm and the exhibition will run for five days until Wednesday 4 December.

Saakia Itchins, from South East Arts, has organised the annual exhibition in partnership with the Sorell Council for the past seven years and said it was about focusing on local artists.

“This year, I have concentrated on more children from the local schools entering with good results from both the Sorell Primary School and Secondary School thanks to their art teachers,” she said.

Ms Itchins said a number of artworks would be on show ranging from landscape through to abstract, photography, three dimensional, retrospective and the work of school-aged children.

“People who have been to see this exhibition don’t just come from this region and they remark that these exhibitions show some extremely talented artists,” she said.

In past years, opening nights have seen up to 150 people attend, with more than 100 people coming to see the exhibition over the five days.

“Art and any form of creativity is always good for both young and old,” Ms Itchins said.

“It is one of the most important pastimes that assists good mental health.

“It’s rewarding, stimulating and can assist with communication and social skills.

“Previous years have seen an excellent roll up to the official opening and hopefully this year will be the same.”

Along with raffles, lucky door prizes, entertainment and prize giving, a painting and huge hamper will be auctioned off to help raise funds.

Local businesses and community clubs sponsor this event each year and all art is for sale.

Caption: The artwork of Sorell locals will be on show at the Sorell Regional Art Exhibition from 29 November to 4 December.

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