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Hobby turns into dedication

Wednesday, 27th April, 2016

Colleen Bickhoff on the verandah of her old family home in Thomas Street. Colleen Bickhoff on the verandah of her old family home in Thomas Street.

By Erica Visser

Twenty-three years ago, local artist Bob Groves threw his hat into the ring for president of the Willyama Art Society.

“We were to serve a minimum of three years and I thought, ‘Yeah, I can handle that’,” Bob recalled.

A few years later the Art Society’s founder, John Gregory, joked with him that a rule change meant the president was required to sit for 20 years.

“I laughed at the time but here I am 23 years later.”

Bob’s long history with the society meant it was with pride that he submitted two paintings for its 55th Anniversary Exhibition that opens on Friday evening.

“It’s brilliant work and a real credit to the Art Society,” he said.

“We’ve got over 25 artists exhibiting and the theme is ‘bold’.”

While many had taken the term literally, with splashes of bright colour, one artist took a novel approach and chose to paint a scene at the moment when a batsman was bowled out. 

A number of the society’s members have had their work shown across Australia and even the world while others were budding artists. 

“We encourage people who are ‘hobby artists’,” said Bob. 

“You don’t have to be an exceptional artist, just interested in art and love to paint.

“There’s limited opportunities for people to exhibit their work and this gives them an outlet.”

The 55th Anniversary Exhibition will opens at the Duff Street Art Exchange and will remain on display for one month. 

WHAT: Willyama Art Society 55th Anniversary Exhibition opening 

WHERE: Broken Hill Art Exchange, 147 Duff Street Park 

WHEN: Friday 6pm

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