Guests at the coming G.R.A.I.N. Store exhibition will get an insight into what makes an artist, with Joan Harding’s sketchbooks on show.
The exhibition — Joan and Friends — will explore two main ideas: the vast work undertaken by Ms Harding and the key role that can be played by the community of artists she has worked with.
G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia spokesperson Kristen Retallick said Ms Harding grew up in the area, went to school at Nathalia, trained as a nurse and returned to the area as a midwife and a medical leader.
‘‘Predominantly working in watercolour, Joan’s energetic paintings communicate a visual connection to her environment,’’ Ms Retallick said.
‘‘She hopes to encourage young people to share in the joy of working to evoke life’s everyday moments and the preciousness of our natural world.’’
The exhibition will also feature work from the Nathalia Art Group.
The opening will feature flute and piano performances by Nigel McGuckan and Celeste Cari, while Bernie Ryan and Bill Kelly will provide further insights into the significance of Ms Harding’s work.
‘‘This show will set us up for another year of supporting and celebrating the success of artists locally as well as from further afield,’’ Ms Retallick said.
The exhibition runs from February 15 to March 31 with the official opening on Sunday, February 18, from 3pm to 5pm. Joan’s artist’s talk and morning tea will be held on Thursday, February 22, from 10am to 11.30am.