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Festival to enliven empty shops with art

Thursday, 26th February, 2015

Artists in the Fringe Pop Up Precinct (from left) Di Whetters, Janet Denley and Chris Brown. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Artists in the Fringe Pop Up Precinct (from left) Di Whetters, Janet Denley and Chris Brown. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

“Pop up” shops will soon surface as part of the Broken Hill Fringe Festival’s art displays.

The Pop Up Creative Arts Precinct will be created in empty shops along Oxide Street and will show arts and crafts by talented artisans who will also give demonstrations and workshops and artworks as well as offer their works for sale.

One of the organisers of the Festival, Helen Sforcina, said many artists were eager to take part.

“I approached a number of people to see if they would be interested in displaying their work,” Mrs Sforcina said. “We were very lucky to have so many people come on board.”

Mrs Sforcina hopes that if the festival is held next year, the Pop Up Precinct will grow.

“We have some really unique work on display. It is all creative and different,” she said.

The Pop Up shops be open from March 5 to 15.

“I would encourage all locals to go along and have a look,” Mrs Sforcina said. “They have created a lot of interest.”

The Pop Up Shops will be located at Shop 10, 12, 14 and 29 in Oxide Street and at 163 Argent Street.

There will be displays of recycled paper jewellery, folk art and painting, patchwork, egg artistry, card making, furniture, acrylic artwork and more.

As well as the shops, there will be a basket weaving workshop by Ann Evers, leather craft demonstrations by Ron Hill and the Broken Hill Potters Society will be displaying their work in the Town Hall Facade.

The Aboriginal Arts and Craft shop in Argent Street will be conducting rock painting classes and will have chalk drawing.

There will also be events at the Broken Hill Art Exchange.

“We are also looking for artists who want to paint in the Town Square on March 12, 13 and 14,” Mrs Sforcina said.

“There will be a lot of visitors in town. It will hopefully create some interest. Come along and bring your easels and paints.”

Meanwhile, the choir workshops with Dr Jonathon Welch have had a time change with the Saturday workshop next month now starting at 11am and running until 2pm at the Philharmonic Hall. Friday’s session remains 10am - 1pm.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/BrokenHillFringe or brokenhillfringe.com.

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