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Seniors art show has brush with fame

The talented residents of Aveo aged care communities across Victoria have had a brush with fame during their inaugural Seniors Festival Art Show during October.

Seventy entries were received from 38 Aveo resident artists for the show themed ‘Creative Connections’. The artworks included oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings, woodwork pieces and a sculpture of a 1901 Beloit car (pictured, below) made entirely of recycled materials that took a year to
produce.

The art show, with a total $4,000 prize money on offer, was judged by leading Melbourne artist, Hannah Fox.

The winner was Robyn Peck, from the Fountain Court community in Burwood, for her pastel artwork entitled Elwood Beach at Dusk (pictured, below).

Inspired by her creative late sister, Robyn drew the two strolling on the popular Melbourne beach.

Robyn Peck’s winning entry, ‘Dusk’.

“Cheryl was highly creative and she loved where I lived at Fountain Court and would come down from Canberra to visit whenever she could,’’ Robyn says.

“I miss our conversations and interactions so much. Cheryl inspires me still.”

Craig Green, Aveo’s community engagement manager, says the standard of the residents’ art took everyone’s breath away.

“This was our first Seniors Festival Art Show and was so successful it is sure to become an annual event,’’ he says.

“Art is a trendy pastime across all Aveo retirement villages. The social and therapeutic benefits of art are well known to seniors. It’s a wonderful hobby that anyone can do at any time in their lives.’’

Hannah Fox with runner-up, Helen Bounds.

Aveo’s next art show will be held at Sackville Grange Community in Kew with a gala event on Sunday, November 13.

The gala and week-long exhibition will showcase the art of two esteemed Victorian artists, who are also Aveo residents.

What: Sackville Grange Art Exhibition Gala Event
Where: Sackville Grange Community, 378 Cothan Road, Kew
When: Sunday, November 13, 3pm-6pm for gala then on display November 14-20
Who: Artists David Dickason and Pat Winnett.

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