Children’s and Youth Bowen Mountain Arts Fest

Come along to Bowen Mountain Park on Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 November for the Children’s and Youth Bowen Mountain Arts Fest. It will run from 10am to 4pm each day.

Everyone is welcome to attend the official opening and presentation of awards and prizes on 17 November at 10:30 am.

Featured artist Caithlin Murray will be exhibiting her artwork as part of the Festival. Caithlin Murray is fast making a name for herself as an accomplished portrait artist in the Hawkesbury, regularly undertaking commissioned works.

As a young artist from the Hawkesbury, Caithlin said she has been “subjected to a range of art practices that strive to highlight natural beauty”.

“A common theme in our local community is to illustrate our picturesque lives, a theme I have been eager to explore,” she said.

“My art celebrates mundane scenes, objects of daily living and the images we are subjected to as we play out our lives.”

“I aim to find the beauty in these common scenes by capturing the essence of movement.”

There will also be guest artists at the Bowen Mountain Arts Fest including Deborah McCauley.

Deborah McCauley will run demonstrations and workshops on Sunday, 18 November.

Deborah said she has always enjoyed hand crafts and painting so she decided to “combine my knowledge and experience and develop a unique hobby to keep me busy and creative”.

“After studying these flowers for many months, I have recreated them completely in 3D with paper using various techniques such as sculpture and quilling,” Deborah said.

“Depending on the actual flower or leaf, the paper is hand painted, embossed and distressed. The blossoms of the Gum Tree, Wattle, Bottlebrush and Flannel Flower are created by tightly rolling up a finely fringed strip of paper using a quilling tool and securing with glue.

“The leaves are hand painted to add distressing, veins, shadows, highlights, burn marks and insect bite marks to add a touch of reality. All parts of the plant are arranged and glued individually to the base board, the matting board is hand cut, a corflute foam frame is hand built and glued to the back of the frame to create the shadow box to accommodate the 3D paper sculpture,” she said.

“I have many more flowers that I’d like to study and turn into paper sculptures in the future and the Waratah will be my ultimate challenge.”

Come to the park and support young Hawkesbury artists at an event which is proudly sponsored by Hawkesbury City Council.

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