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Successful fundraiser for Trawool
Despite a heavy downpour last Thursday evening, local community members around Trawool, near Seymour, made their way to Trawool Fire Station for the opening of an art fundraiser.
Months of planning by local artist Lee Stephenson resulted in an exhibition of a large collection of pieces by eight artists. Using mostly watercolour, pastels and acrylic, there were many beautiful landscapes of the local area, portraits and still life.
This fundraiser developed from Lee’s idea to invite some local artists to join her in an exhibition at Trawool brigade, where she’s a CFA member and former communications officer.
The exhibition ran over the Easter weekend and was “wonderfully successful” according to Lee. “We sold around 12 per cent of the paintings, which is seen as a good result.”
“It’s estimated we raised more than $2,000 for the brigade, but the final figure hasn’t been calculated,” Lee added.
A commission on all sales was donated to Trawool brigade.
The fundraiser was opened by Chief Officer Euan Ferguson.
“The events over the last 48 hours [large grass fires] put into focus the role of volunteers and a number of paintings here depict CFA volunteers. That’s great recognition of CFA in the community,” Euan said.
“To those of you here who are not CFA members, I say you are well served by the Mitchell Shire, Alexandra and Yea groups. Those men and women have served at many fires.
“Volunteers have also manned the ICC at Kilmore on many occasions and helped on IMTs at Heyfield and Ovens.
"On 6 March, a fire took off from the side of the road in Trawool brigade’s backyard, and brigade Captain Tony Crook showed superb leadership in handling that particularly difficult fire,” Euan said.
“Small brigades like Trawool rely on the generosity of the local community and employers. Without their support our job would be so much more difficult.
“So please support this fundraising and support the local artists who reflect the local heritage.”
Robert Parker, friend of brigade members and former local councillor, then spoke about how the natural beauty of the area had inspired artists for decades.
“How lucky we are to live in the lovely Trawool Valley and be able to see the beautiful area we live in,” Robert said. “The wonderful art here tonight is to support the CFA, who do such a wonderful job.”
Two local wineries – Trawool Valley and Brave Goose vineyards – helped to raise money by selling wine at the exhibition and donating to the brigade a dollar from each glass sold.
The artists exhibiting: Valma Crerar, Alan Brown, Wid Bradley, Diane Donsdottir, Elizabeth Mansfield, Lynda Robinson, Lee Stephenson, Wendy Webster.