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Folk art show stirs imagination

Thursday, 20th March, 2014

Barb Cook showing Trisha B’s paintings to the Alma students. Barb Cook showing Trisha B’s paintings to the Alma students.

By Estelle Winders

Alma Public School students made their way to Duff Street’s Broken Hill Art Exchange yesterday and left feeling inspired after seeing an exhibition of local self-taught artist Trisha B’s works. 

The students, aged 10 to 12, were shown around by Art Exchange education advisor Barb Cook. Each was asked to pick a painting that they would like to write a story about. 

Organiser Susan Thomas said the event was “very successful.”

“The children love it. Trisha B’s paintings are brightly coloured and sparkly folk art that children tend to gravitate towards.”

One teacher said that the experience would show students how to appreciate art. 

“It was a fantastic opportunity as there are some very arty students at the school,” she said.  

The BH Art Exchange also has plans to publish a catalogue of the exhibition with the stories by the students accompanying the paintings. 

When asked what she wanted to write about, student Chloe Reeves told the BDT “something creative and imaginative.”

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