An arty weekend at Glenaroua

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The Easter weekend saw the return of Art4CFA, this year hosted by Glenaroua Fire Brigade.


Despite miserable weather, opening night was popular and attendees enjoyed food, local wines, live music as well as art. One artist described the crowd as Glenaroua’s Glitterati!

The show was officially opened by local identity Bill Kelly, who's currently the brigade's longest-serving member.

In the past, Art4CFA has been held at Trawool, Whiteheads Creek, Tallarook and Hilldene brigades. The idea was first developed by former Trawool Communications Officer Lee Stephenson, who has sadly passed away. The organisers were delighted to have one of her paintings as a raffle prize this year.

A very popular aspect of the show is the Artists’ Challenge, where each artist is given the same reference photo to work from, to interpret in any way they desire. The Challenge this year featured the memorial avenue of Cypress pine trees, planted in 1918 by the citizens of Glenaroua to honour the men and women of the area who volunteered for service in World War One. A plaque beside the trees tells the interesting story of Trooper William Stowell Anderson, who made the supreme sacrifice.

There was a steady stream of visitors across the whole weekend which resulted in many art sales, which pleased Glenaroua brigade members and the artists.

The brigade wishes to thank all those who contributed and attended the event. Next year, Tallarook will probably host the art show.


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  • Member News image The crew from Brave Goose wines who generously donated their wines and service on opening night
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  • Member News image A damaged sculpture, an eagle, was set alight
Submitted by Dave Dixon