Taking art to the street - Marion Art Group

Read about Marion Art Group who are decorating a local street with their works.

 City Limits Magazine Issue 47 December 2014 front coverThis article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 47 - December 2014.

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When Marion Art Group president Glenys Brokenshire came up with an idea to beautify the local streetscape by attaching artworks to selected telegraph poles, it captured the imagination of artists and the community alike.

The idea was to adorn 10 telegraph poles with colourful, vibrant artwork and for 10 months, 19 artists have been working every week to produce the panels.

The artists have collaborated on a series of panels designed to reflect the local landscape and community, with images of built landmarks including Marino Lighthouse and Brighton Jetty as well as natural features such as the sea, trees, plants, animals and birdlife.

The panels are set to be installed by Christmas along Newland Avenue that runs past Marino Community Hall where the artists meet.

Marion Art Club vice president Jim Green said enthusiasm for the project was overwhelming and brought out an enormous sense of community to the group's members.

City Limits Magazine - Dec 14 - Issue 47 - Marion Art Group"We wanted to brighten up the area and give locals and commuters something more exciting to view than Stobie poles,” Jim said.

"It's a project we have been planning and organising since January this year and in recent weeks have been working on finalising the paintings. We sign the artwork and it's something of which we’re very proud.

“We think people driving or walking along the street, even those seeing the artwork on the train as they pass, will really appreciate the art during their day-to-day routines. The plan is to lift people's spirits by putting more life and colour into the area. It's for the local community so people can identify with the images."

While this project will put a public face to the Marion Art Group, it has been creating art for the local community and raising money for worthwhile causes for 36 years. The group has 70 members creating their own artworks, improving skills and working on community projects.

"We are non-for-profit and have raised more than $12,000 for charity by selling raffle tickets for paintings over the last 10 years, including $1000 for Multiple Sclerosis this year,” Jim said.

“Next year we will raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease.

“We exhibit regularly, including at Marion Shopping Centre each year, and get a lot of sponsorship from local companies.”

Members of Marion Art Group usually work on personal artworks in mediums of their choice and at their own pace.

Regular workshops are held with local professional artists and there are portraiture and still life classes.

Marion Community Art Group meets at Marino Community Hall, 44 Newland Avenue, Marino on Mondays from 10am to 2pm.

For more information, call Glenys Brokenshire on 8298 8264.

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