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Cobram artists exhibit work in Nathalia

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January 11, 2017

OPEN: Pamela Mansfield with her work Free Range, acrylic on canvas.Cobram Courier on 4/06/2014 CAPTION: OPEN: Pamela Mansfield with her work Free Range, acrylic on canvas.

Feature Artist: Cobram Station Gallery's feature artist for April Melida Lempio with a timely portrait of poppies.

Feature artist of November: Victor Casha standing with a few of his pieces that are currently on the feature artist wall at the Station Gallery, Cobram.

Three local artists will return to Nathalia to feature in a special exhibition.

The Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre’s first exhibition for 2017, it will explore the diverse talents of the three artists — Victor Casha, Pamela Mansfield and Melida Lempio.

Brushstrokes 2 opened yesterday and runs until March 13, with a meet-the-artists session on Saturday, January 14.

Melida Lempio was born in Prussia in 1940 to creative parents and has always had a passion to paint and create.

‘‘At Pforzheim, in the Black Forest, I studied art at the Gold and Silversmith College from 1953-56,’’ she said.

‘‘I moved to Cobram over 40 years ago and the urge to paint was still lurking in the background.’’

Mostly self-taught, artist Pamela Mansfield returned to her home state of Victoria after spending several years painting in Queensland and New Guinea.

‘‘Although preferring to work in oil, I will often use acrylic or pastel to suit the subject,’’ she said.

‘‘I do hope my work will give the pleasure I have had in its presentation.’’

Cobram’s Victor Casha draws inspiration from his surroundings when preparing for his latest work of art.

‘‘By no means do I consider myself an artist,’’ he said.

‘‘But I love to do it, and it turns out that I am quite good at it.’’

●Brushstrokes 2 runs from January 10 to February 13 at the Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre, 73 Blake St, Nathalia, open daily from 9am to 5pm.

A meet-the-artists session is on Saturday, January 14 at 2pm.

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