DETERMINATION: Concentration shines through this study of Nell Pearson of Byron Bay during her life drawing class.
DETERMINATION: Concentration shines through this study of Nell Pearson of Byron Bay during her life drawing class.

Locals under fire for apathy to Artsfest

By LEIGH PRITCHARD

BUDDING artist Christine Kempnich is disappointed there was only a handful of locals in the 24 Artsfest courses which ended on Saturday.

Mrs Kempnich ? a Waterview Heights resident and pastel student ? said Grafton residents were notable for their absence from the workshops in painting, drawing, textiles and woodwork.

Mrs Kempnich's course, The Pleasure of Pastel with Grace Paleg, had students from Perth and Noosa.

Artsfest was advertised nationally and employed recognised artists and international tutors.

"There was only a handful of locals, I can't understand why Grafton people don't take up the opportunity," Mrs Kempnich said.

"I do not think they appreciate Artsfest at all ... not many places have something like it."

A visual arts student at Maclean TAFE, Mrs Kemp- nich has attended Artsfest, which is held twice a year, since 1995.

"I always get a buzz from talking to other students and sharing the excitement of it all, Artsfest creates real friendships.

"It was very intense, it is full on I just get totally exhausted taking so much in," she said.

"Six months after the courses you are still recalling skills learnt."

Artsfest will be held next on September 24-29.



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