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Arts Trail 2017 - Be Inspired to Explore Your Creative Side


With the Arts Trail coming up in March 2017, I would like to give you a sneak preview of what the trail has in store for you, and what better way than introducing some of the contributors.


We’re starting with Marie Perryman, a water-colourist, who says that she thanks God daily that she can see the beauty in his creations and be able to express that beauty in her art.

Starting her art career in her late 50’s with the Heidelberg and District Art Society and the Diamond Valley Art Society in the Northern suburbs,. Marie believes it’s never too late to learn. It wasn’t long before Marie was conducting her own classes and workshops in watercolour with these societies and in regional Victoria.

But, the art road has not always been an easy road; there have been many challenges as well. Marie remembers when she received a commission to do 15 larger watercolour florals as backgrounds. This was in ‘A Mannequin Parade,’ where they were displaying 15 different outfits. This was time consuming and thought provoking, as the only colour chart she had to work with was that of the clothes, which was very limiting. However, Marie succeeded and this experience became a highlight, albeit a challenge.

Marie has won numerous awards, entering art exhibits such as the Camberwell Rotary Art Show and the Flower Art Show. 

Marie moved to Bannockburn 5 years ago and is an active member of the Bannockburn District Art Group and the Golden Plains Art Inc. Marie is an inspiration to all 14 members of the group and has a wealth of knowledge and experience that she kindly shares with us all. The Group meet on a Thursday morning from 9am to 12 noon at the Bannockburn Cultural Centre. The members will also be at the Cultural Centre demonstrating at the Arts Trail.

So, what keeps Marie’s enthusiasm for her art inspiration alive? Marie has a beautiful garden to inspire her love of painting flowers. The colour matching of the flowers and the arrangements in the garden are an absolute inspiration themselves, particularly in Springtime. The garden is not only an inspiration to Marie but also to all the students that attend Marie’s classes.

Marie runs morning and evening 6-week classes. During each term, and with each class, Marie focuses on a different aspect of watercolour, using different techniques and images that students can explore when developing their own creative images.

Marie would like to encourage all locals to come along and support local artists at the Arts Trail, which encompasses the Golden Plains Shire. 

Marie Perryman’s studio is situated in Alice Mews in Bannockburn. She will also have artists, Melinda Gregory and Marita Reynolds demonstrating at her studio across the weekend of the Arts Trail, which will be on March 25th and 26th, 2017. 

Put the dates in your diary! We all look forward to sharing with you our creative experiences and inspiring you to explore your creative endeavours.