Brushing up at Artsfest

SOME of the most arty and crafty Australians got together yesterday for the first day of the Autumn Grafton Artsfest.

Fay Boyd, the president of Grafton Artsfest, was impressed with the turnout.

“We have about 200 students from every State in Australia,” Ms Boyd said.

“This was very good to see because we thought we would have a few cancellations due to the recent tragedies, like the Victorian bushfires, that we have seen in Australia.

“These 200 students enrolled weeks ago to take part in one of the 11 workshops that explore one particular avenue of visual arts.

“We have workshops in watercolours, pastels, oils, mixed media, glass jewellery, clay sculpture and recycled metal sculpture, just to name a few,” Ms Boyd said.

“All of which are led by expertly talented tutors.”

Amanda Hyatt is one of these tutors, and one of the most popular, having a full class of eager art students.

“This is my second time to Artsfest in Grafton and I love it,” Amanda said.

“The people are so wonderful and the students are keen as mustard and loaded with talent.”

Amanda is a renowned watercolourist from Melbourne who really enjoys passing on her knowledge and talent to others.

“Teaching the skills of a traditional, realist, impressionist watercolour artist is a real passion of mine,” she said.

“Continuing the traditions of the Heidelberg School is also something I aim to do,” she said.

Amanda, like many artists, really loves to paint one thing.

“Boats are my favourite and I would really love to paint some on the Clarence River while I am up in this part of the world,” she said.

While the students do keep Amanda coming back to pass on her talent, she also loves the area.

“The students are keen as mustard and loaded with talent.”



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