This month's photo display is by Jeff Holmes, who says "I got into photography as a way of getting away from the stresses of work, getting short bursts of time to get out and enjoy what was going on around me, even in the city what I disliked about the busyness also has beauty. What I found was photography is where I got closest to God, seeing the details of the hairs on the back of an aphid or looking into the stars at the vastness of milky way.

Having eye to eye interaction with wild animals, the amazing variety in flora and fauna and the beauty of vast landscapes. Even rain falling or the point that water drops collide become an amazing experience. No matter what the season or weather there is so much to investigate and marvel at the creation we have all round us. photography allows me to share that with others."

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This month's artist is Rebecca Fullerton. The charcoal drawings of African animals and children were made as card designs to sell and support the 40 hour famine. A branch from World Vision, this mission strives to provide education, especially agriculturally, to families struggling to provide for themselves in developing countries.
The canvasses, Children of Light (acrylic), were created as part of my unit 3/4 studio art project. Looking heavenward and knowing Christ's redemption and salvation, this work intends to give hope to the weary, be it to children depicted as trafficed into slavery (a carrier, a soldier, a prostitute) or missionaries in third world countries striving to share the wonderful news of Jesus love.
May you find hope in Jesus Christ, the kingdom of heaven is near.

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We are privileged to display some of the artwork from local artist Andrew Suggett. Here's a little about him.

"I had enjoyed drawing in the distant past, (very intricate pen and ink drawings) but employment and other commitments took up most of my time.
Art took a backwards step! In 2001, I was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, and for many years I completely lost confidence in my ability to draw and paint.

About five years ago, my younger daughter Kathryn gave me a Christmas present of a wood burning kit.( A little like an electric soldering iron) Some time later I plugged the tool in and drew some small scenes and objects into three ply scraps of timber.

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 I found that I was able to alter my style of drawing and painting to partly accommodate the effects of the Parkinson’s in my hands, and I continue to experiment with pen and wash and water colours.
I think that the style of my paintings is very much more casual than I was able to do earlier, and I am enjoying challenge.Painting and carving to me is purely a hobby, pastime I enjoy and I hope that I can continue painting for many years to come."

 

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Our guest artist for Mar/April is Sarah Curtis. Sarah is a practising artist and university student from Mildura. She has completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts and is currently studying psychology in Gippsland. Sarah draws inspiration for her paintings directly from God and Scripture, using her work as a platform for evangelism. She also aspires to encourage others in the faith by presenting biblical ideas in pictorial form. 
Sarah has offered her paintings as a fundraiser for one of the missions that we support - she has chosen the Philippines Native Sponsorship Program. If you would like to purchase any of her artwork see Carol or Lorraine.

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The current art works will be on display until early February. The art works are by Patrick Hallinan in combination with art from our Kids Alive children. Thank you to Patrick for mounting the children's fantastic works of art. Patrick enjoys creating poetry and art and below is a little about his creative works.

'HEARTBEAT'
Hello and welcome to "Heartbeat", a special encore presentation exhibition for Christmas 2017 by HeArt (pronounced He-Art). I don't want to really dwell for too long in the realm of written words. But I do want to say a very special thank you to the children for their special art contribution to the last HeArt exhibition in the South West of Victoria.
In the world of HeArt I am privileged to be the Artists' brush. The true Artist behind each and every HeArt creation is "Jesus". The creations that make up this exhibition entitled "Heartbeat" that you see upon the walls of the Worship Cafe Naringal are made up of things that washed up upon the shore of a little beach I visit often called Wild Dog Cove. Using the Wind, Sand, Tides and Sea and indeed even the changing of the seasons, Jesus sculpts each individual piece like a jigsaw puzzle, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit I then assemble and frame. While I acknowledge that I am all things to Jesus as He is to me, when it comes to HeArt I humbly take the backward step, so that the true Artist may take centre stage. From the Artists' brush(alias Patrick), I give you: "Heartbeat" by Jesus
Have a great and beautiful day, Jesus loves you.

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This month's art gallery displays the work of Caroline Healey. Caroline Healey is an artist from the UK who in 2014, after two years of worldwide travels, found home in inspiring South West Victoria. Heavily influenced by her immediate surroundings, Caroline’s work illustrates the beautiful local landscape.

Since her arrival she has won first prize in the ‘Inspired by Burns’ Art Prize 2015 and ‘Inspired by Burns’ Art Prize 2016 (Corangamite Arts Inc.) and Best Local Scene at The City of Warrnambool Art Show (Rotary Club of Warrnambool East).
In 2016, South West Regional Cancer Centre purchased an 18 foot long painting of The Twelve Apostles for their new hospital. This now hangs in the main reception.
In November 2016 Caroline held her first solo exhibition of paintings at The Artery, Warrnambool. It was very successful and showed the impressive support the arts has from the community. She has also been in several group shows at The Artery, Factory Arts and Warrnambool Art Gallery with...

Our second exhibition in our art gallery is by Kent Wilkens He was born in Nottingham, England, while his father was stationed there with the RCAF. The family then moved to back to Ontario where Kent spent most of his childhood and teens.Since early childhood Kent was interested in drawing and painting, dabbling in charcoal, pastels, oils, etc., trying his hand at everything from psychedelic and abstract to portraits.
The seventies saw his interests in the arts fade as his major passion was taken up by motocross racing. After working in the oilfields of Alberta, Kent then moved to Southern California, where he pursued a career in home remodeling, design and drafting, and then owned and operated a used Christian bookstore until 1986.
On returning to Ontario, he soon regained his interest in painting. 1988 was the first

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It's been some time in the planning but we were very pleased to have our first exhibition in our large foyer with beautiful art by the Moyne Art group. Their work is displayed during February-March 2017. They were keen to have their work displayed. This group was established by a handful of dedicated artists within the community of Mortlake, Moyne Arts Inc. is a community based organisation that will always welcome anyone who has a love for visual art.

Moyne Arts Inc. is based in Mortlake and is a creative arts group concentrating mainly on painting. We welcome anyone who has an interest in the visual arts and would like to learn how to paint or just to join with other like-minded people to share experiences and create their own works.
We encourage our members who would like to show their work in various Art Shows or other creative events around the region and we provide information and entry forms for these events. Moyne Arts and it’s members have a wide network with other art groups and individual artists and occasionally meet to share knowledge and experiences, participate in workshops or just for a social gathering. Moyne Arts is also a member of Regional Arts Victoria to keep our members informed of events taking place throughout Victoria and to participate in the Arts Atlas for South West.

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