Remarkable art at Inverloch


Remarkable art at Inverloch

ART EXHIBITION, Monday Exhibitionists, at The Inverloch Community Hub is showcasing the superb works of six remarkably talented, local ladies. 

Local artists: from left, Karen Chugg, Mahnua Fletcher, Hazell Ray-Billigton, Anne McRae and Margaret Rickard (absent, Christine Caldwell) at their Monday Exhibitionists Art Show at the Inverloch Community Hub.

One artist, Karen Chugg, even sold a few of her paintings before she’d even finished hanging them.

The women behind these captivating works comprise Anne McRae, Hazell Ray-Billington, Margaret Rickard, Mahnua Fletcher, Karen Chugg and Christine Caldwell – each with a vivid and fascinating background that undoubtedly inspires their works.

The group of friends belong to the Bass Coast Artists’ Society which host regular studio days that allow artists to come along and paint with like-minded creators.

“The six of us all happen to paint on Monday so hence our exhibition name, Monday Exhibitionists,” Mrs Hazell Ray-Billington said. 

The works featured by the six ladies vary from style, medium and subject matter, creating an interesting and diverse exhibition.

“One inspiration is that I live in Inverloch and I’m surrounded by sea and sand and sky. They are places that I walk every day. My other paintings are inspired by a recent trip to Paris,” Karen Chugg said about her work.

Mrs Ray-Billington said “a few of mine are also inspired by the local ocean. I love the ocean crashing in, the tide and rocks. The others are the animals; I love painting animals.”

Mrs McRae said that she draws inspiration from where she lives and the people around her, pointing to one painting of her brother, the potter.

“I take a lot of photographs down on the farm. What I’ve done here today is inspired by that,” she said.

Mrs Rickard offered a different perspective: “I just paint whatever I see. If I like it, I paint. That’s why my paintings are so varied.”

Mrs Fletcher said, “I play around with colour and shape. If I have a photograph I abstract it a bit. I like to do modern work mostly. Van Gogh inspires my work.”

Within the first week, the ladies said they had quite a few people specially travelling to see the exhibition, and then a few others who had stumbled across it.

“People love to come and talk to you and ask you about your work,” Mrs Ray-Billington said.

“We’ve had lots of positive comments. There have also been a couple of people who have expressed interest in joining our group to paint. We may have got a few more members for the society. We’ve been spreading the word anyway that there is such a thing as an art society where you can go and paint.”

The exhibition will run to the end of the month.

The ladies now look forward to the upcoming Easter Art and Photography Exhibition held by Bass Coast Artists’ Society where they will showcase more of their work.  The show, held at the Goods Shed, Wonthaggi, will run from Saturday, April 20 to Monday, April 22. 

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