Art is a feast for the eyes

About 100 people turned out to the official opening of the Pave the Way to Gular Arts Festival earlier this month.

After countless hours and days of work, ten artists from across Australia completed their mural art works, transforming the small rural town of Gulargambone.

The artists were Kaff-Eine, James Giddy, Jenny McCracken, Goodie, Sam Brooks, Peter Brown, Claire Foxton, Rudy Kistler, John Murray and DNart.

Rural life was a strong theme throughout each of the murals.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries opened the Festival and spoke to the crowd about the great reinventive work that Gulargambone continues to do.

The mural art initiative came from shop and street beautification consultant Alison Dent.

Jenny McCracken has been a street artist for 30 years. She painted the Gulargambone’s 22 metre high water tower.

Jenny previously told the Western Magazine it was tallest canvas she has ever painted on. The water tower artwork is titled ‘Lucky Dip’, and features a Kingfisher diving into a glass of water.

Jenny said they wanted the art to hopefully start a general conversation about water and its role as a natural resource.

Adelaide-based artists Sam Brooks’ solo piece is on the maintenance shed opposite the town’s caravan park.

His second artwork is a collaborative piece with the Gulargambone school children in the Memorial Courtyard.

He also previously spoke to the Western Magazine and said that it had been a great experience meeting the other artists taking part in the Festival.

“It’s been good to meet people with all these different (artistic) styles,” he said.

Lightning Ridge based artist John Murray is no stranger to mural art.

Last June he painted the 26 metre tall water tank in Coonamble.  Silo art has proved very popular among many rural towns in recent months.

As well as Gulargambone and Coonamble, Weethalle, near West Wyalong, tripled in population for the opening of its Silo Art Project in 2017

Other towns across Western NSW have also floated the idea of painting their water towers, silos and grain storage's, including Narromine and Bogan Shires, and Wellington and Geurie.