Artists ‘give back’ to drought communities

Artists ‘give back’ to drought communities

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Artist and auction curator Jennifer Forster and Art in the Hills fundraising coordinator Hannah Speers with some of the art that is up for auction to raise money for drought-affected communities. Photos supplied by Hannah Speers.

Artist and auction curator Jennifer Forster and Art in the Hills fundraising coordinator Hannah Speers with some of the art that is up for auction to raise money for drought-affected communities. Photos supplied by Hannah Speers.

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Well-known Australian artists are backing a town’s campaign to help raise money and “give back” to drought-affected communities.

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Well-known Australian artists are backing a town’s campaign to help raise money and “give back” to drought-affected communities.

‘Art in the Hills’ is the brain child of Adelong local Hannah Speers with the support of Elders Tumut/Adelong and co-sponsors Bendigo Community Bank Adelong and Gundagai as well as VISY to raising funds for Buy a Bale.

“Drought is a part of rural Australia, but it’s something that impacts everyone from the farming families to the shop keepers in town,” fundraising coordinator Hannah Speers said.

“We’re lucky enough to be in what they call a “green drought” in our area, but others have been suffering for years. We just wanted to help.”

There are an extraordinary array of paintings from a plethora of Australian artists who have donated paintings in support of Buy A Bale live art auction.

“We’ve had great support from the Australian arts community, the response is almost as fabulous as the amazing artworks that we have received,” curator Jennie Forster says.

“A number of those artists involved are currently in demand exhibiting and teaching overseas. It is a coup for ‘Art in the Hills’ to have artists like this willing to support our event.”

The Artworks of Herman Pekel, Kasey Sealy, and Amanda Hyatt just to name a few are all very collectible with Catherine Stewart and Felicity Aroney bringing a contemporary twist to what is available. The subject matters range from amazing iconic rural photography, to paintings of hay bales and flowers and art prints.    

The auction starts tomorrow and will go for a week culminating at the farmer’s dinner on October 19 at the Gilmore Hall at Gilmore.

The paintings will be able to be bid upon online through the Elders platform at www.eldersliveauctions.com.au

This framed photograph, that will be auctioned, was taken by Siana Lucas at her Adjungbilly property on a drizzly afternoon.

This framed photograph, that will be auctioned, was taken by Siana Lucas at her Adjungbilly property on a drizzly afternoon.

This painting named Cloudscape II was created by Jennie Forster. It is mixed media on a stretched canvas that will also be auctioned.

This painting named Cloudscape II was created by Jennie Forster. It is mixed media on a stretched canvas that will also be auctioned.

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