Crescendo, Macedon Ranges Art Trail’s 10th exhibition, will showcase a diverse range of work by local artists on Saturday and Sunday as part of Woodend Winter Arts Festival. Art Trail manager Nadine Hartnett gives us a preview.
Please tell us a bit about Crescendo
The Art Trail encourages local artists of all abilities to develop their talents, and that’s helped by exposing their work to a wider audience. Crescendo is our 10th exhibition. Fifty artists will be showing their work. There is no theme, and any medium is allowed. It promises to be a tantalising visual feast.
Talk us through some of the pieces in the exhibition
A late but enthusiastic starter to painting, “Patto” favours a palette reminiscent of the Australian sky and desert. He continues to put a colourful cast of characters on his canvases but more recently has adopted an abstract style incorporating jagged shapes and segmented images, which he attributes to his brush with death.
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“Patto” is a man of many hats. He heads a construction training business, runs a small farm, and travels extensively, particularly through the outback. But his action-packed life ground to a halt when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
After successful surgery and intensive treatment, he is spending as much time as he can at the easel and raising awareness about prostate health.
Lesley Rosochodski, Caroliza Job and Bindi-Lee Byrne have a passion for all creatures, which radiates through their art, and William Ritchie is a wildlife artist on the world stage who will exhibit some breathtaking pieces.
Our photographers always deliver magnificent diverse work. Deborah Mullins and Ralph Ewart are meticulous and vastly imaginative, while Michelle Thompson constantly surprises with her experimental flair.
The 3D display will be fabulous as well. Expect sculpture, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and more.
Sue Dilley constantly explores new realms of creativity that invariably make us wonder at the potential to turn natural fibres and scrap materials into objects of beauty and function. She has previously exhibited basketry and handwoven artworks but for Crescendo she is presenting some unique vessels crafted from repurposed corrugated iron, wire, linen, cotton and salt.
Where can we see more?
Crescendo will be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday at Woodend Tennis Club. Every item in the exhibition will be for sale.