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HAMLEY Bridge glass
mosaic artist Louise Wren
will work with Owen
Primary School students
next year to design a mu-
ral near the school's 130th
anniversary outdoor learn-
The school was one of
only two selected in South
Australia to receive Artist in
Schools funding for 2015
and the money will cover
Wren, who has won nu-
merous awards for her art at
the Gawler Show, will work
at the school one day a week
for 10 weeks.
Students will learn prac-
tical mosaic skills and also
about colour selection and
the history of mosaics.
Wren said she was looking
forward to the task and that
the mural's theme would fo-
cus on nature.
"We're going to base it
on their natural environ-
ment, because they have a
real environment focus at the
school, so we'll be including
local birds and animals and
plants," she said.
"With the mural, the kids
will be involved with all stag-
es of the process.
"The upper primary will
be doing the cutting of the
glass...and the middle pri-
mary will do the background,
and then the junior primary
are going to do paper mosa-
ics, because they are a bit too
young to be working with
The mural will be 1.8 me-
tres by 1.2 metres and over
50 students will be involved
with the process.
KAPUNDA Community Gallery's
Summer Exhibition was officially opened
last week and drew a great deal of interest
Open to all artists, the exhibition received
77 entries this year, all of which range in sub-
ject and media.
The works were judged by internationally
renowned wildlife artist Roger Murcott and he
awarded first prize to Melissa Claridge for her
oil painting 'Summer Night'.
Maxine Donald received second prize for her
watercolour painting 'Bungaree Woolshed' and
third prize was won by Jenny Bastians for her
acrylic painting 'Tidal Flat and Lucky Bay'.
Merits were given to Colleen Tooth for an
oil painting titled 'Baby Elephant', and to June
Cooper for her watercolour 'Morning Mist,
Upper Hunter Valley, NSW'.
Kapunda gallery's Anne Gonaus said the di-
versity of art received this year is sure to offer
something for everyone.
The Summer Exhibition will run until
February 9 and admission is free.
To begin the gallery's program in 2015,
Malcolm Craig and Robert Anderson will hold
a joint exhibition opening on February 15.
A QUICK sketch of a television set 30
years ago was the inspiration behind
Walter Gray's decision to pursue painting
as a hobby, and what a decision it turned
out to be.
Since then, the 86-year-old has gone on to
paint an incredible 1400 paintings and, like a
fine wine, his artwork has only improved with
After taking up lessons with a professional
art teacher in the 1980s, Mr Gray discovered
that his area of specialisation lay in watercol-
ours and landscapes.
And the more he painted, the more confi-
dent he grew.
"If you painted enough, you'd improve," Mr
"I stuck to landscapes, because that was the
thing people were going for at the time.
"Although I somewhat admired all this oth-
er work, I thought I'd stick to what I was best
at."The 86-year-old moved to Gawler six years
ago and it wasn't long before he joined the
Gawler Art Society.
In his time here, he has branched out of his
comfort zone, and has some of Gawler's most
recognisable icons to thank.
Moving his attention ever so slightly away
from landscapes to architectural pieces, Mr
Gray has painted several local buildings, in-
cluding Para Para House, St George's church
hall and Gawler Uniting Church.
However, he still prefers painting land-
scapes, despite showing talent in both areas.
"I'm not really into this architectural style,
I put buildings into scenes, but it's a bit time-
consuming," he said.
Many of Mr Gray's paintings are often
displayed around Gawler and his artwork is
uniquely distinguishable from others.
"Now, no matter what scene it is, I always
have magpies in the corner," he said.
"Even my African elephant painting has
three little magpies."
While Mr Gray has kept various pieces of his
artwork, he has sold a large number through
exhibitions and galleries.
He has also been rather generous and given
"50 per cent of that 1400 I have given
away," he said.
Walter's art a state of confidence
Walter Gray with his architectural painting of Gawler's historical Para Para House.
PHOTO: Amelia Dawkins
If you painted enough,
you'd improve. I stuck to
landscapes, because that was the
thing people were going for at
the time. Although I somewhat
admired all this other work, I
thought I'd stick to what I was
Artist works with school
A successful year
Summer exhibition at Kapunda
IT has been a successful year for the
Gawler Community Gallery and
Gawler Art Society, with both re-
porting increases in membership for
The art groups have held numerous
exhibitions throughout the year and an
increase in local artists ensured each dis-
play was filled with a variety of creative
As well as a boost to membership, the
Gawler Community Gallery also received
an increase in visitor numbers and sales
Several sales were made from a dis-
play at the Gawler Health Service, where
members' work was placed on the hospi-
The Gawler Art Society's recent pop-
up display in Murray Street also saw a
number of its member's paintings sold.
Currently, the society has an exhibition
running at Totally Framed and next year's
painting day activities will recommence
on January 13.
The Gawler Community Gallery is
closed over the Christmas break and will
reopen on January 8 with new exhibi-
tions set to begin on January 15.
(L-R) Bronwyn Eylander, Ellen Steyn and Colleen Gates pictured with their paintings on
display at the Gawler Community Gallery.
Hamley Bridge glass mosaic artist Louise Wren will be
helping students create a mural at Owen Primary School next
Melissa Claridge's oil painting 'Summer Night'
was awarded rst prize at Kapunda
Community Gallery's Summer Exhibition.
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