Creative collaboration for a great cause

Local professional artists Tracey Creighton of Merimbula and Kimberley Dodd from Towamba, can be found getting up to some arty mischief in town during the Christmas holidays.

The pair have collaborated together with The Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast to raise awareness and funds towards helping the homelessness crisis locally.

Jointly they will be throwing their creative ideas about, not to mention a whole lot of colourful paint, to produce a unique work of art which will see all the proceeds from the sale of the painting going to help establish an emergency homeless shelter in Merimbula.

“We see this as a wonderful opportunity and are excited to help our community in a creative way. The painting will have a coastal theme and reflect our own individual artistic style,” Tracey Creighton said.

“I am sure it will stretch our personal limits and be a great platform for artistic growth as we interpret each other’s marks on the canvas, but it will be more than that. It's an opportunity to give back and support in some small way the needs within our community,” she said.

Starting with a blank canvas, the ladies will alternate adding layers of paint and colour each day over a three week period.

Kimberley Dodd is sure the result will be colourful.

“We paint different styles and subjects but ultimately we both like bright clean colours so we are very confident we can come up with something vivid and gorgeous that people won't be able to resist,” she said.

Everyone is invited to stop by whilst Tracey and Kimberley are holding their 'Collaboration' exhibition in The Twyford Room (in the shop/gallery next to Twyford Hall) in Market Street , Merimbula between December 27 to January 18 to watch the painting evolve. Progressive photos of the artwork being created will also be available on The 'Collaboration' Exhibition will be open daily, Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday 10am to 2.30pm.

All offers on the final painting will be gratefully received with the successful person announced in the Eden Magnet on Thursday, January 30.

The Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast will be operating their annual Op Shop over the Christmas holiday period in the Masonic Hall in Toallo Street, Pambula. Having Deductible Gift Recipient status (DGR) with the Australian Taxation Office, donors can claim a tax deduction on donations of $2 or more. Contact Gavin Bell on 0411 564120 for more information.

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