Shepparton High School students exhibit art at Shepparton Villages

By Laura Briggs

Shepparton Villages’ Maculata Place have decked the halls with bursts of colour.

Forty-two art students from Shepparton High School have attended an official opening of an art exhibition at Maculata Place featuring their own artwork on Friday.

The years 7 to 10 students each completed an artwork that was framed and fills the walls of two hallways in the residential care facility.

Shepparton Villages chief executive Kerri Rivett said the artwork of various forms — including paintings, drawings and photographs — displayed vibrant colours and creativity.

‘‘We’re very proud here at Shepparton Villages to be able to have the opportunity to show off the students’ art and share it with the residents of Maculata Place,’’ Ms Rivett said.

‘‘We’ve had a lot of people come through since it’s been opened and everybody has complimented the art — it’s just lovely, it’s vibrant — residents like it, visitors like it and the staff like it.’’

Ms Rivett said in her 30 years in residential care, she had never seen anything like the exhibition and she was thrilled to see the finished products.

Shepparton High School art teacher Louise McDade-Cartey said she was pleased to be approached by Shepparton Villages in a request to have students submit their work for display.

‘‘Everyone did a great job — they put a lot of effort into it and I’m proud of all of them,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s an absolutely fantastic opportunity for these guys to have their work on display in an exhibition.’’

Year 7 student Sam Pratt was delighted to see his drawing among those on display.

‘‘It feels amazing to see it up on the wall here,’’ Sam said.

Ms Rivett said the official opening was a chance for the students to see their work on display and for the staff at Shepparton Villages to show their gratitude for the students’ contributions to the halls.

The opening had about 70 people, including students and residents, who gathered to launch the exhibition and share afternoon tea together.