Mural shows off Goulburn Valley

By Tara Whitsed

Goulburn Valley Grammar School’s Lucy Asquith will have her artwork on display for the entire year in Shepparton.

Lucy was selected as the young artist to have their work on the Stubbs Wallace car park wall in Welsford St, Shepparton, but it is not the first time the Year 12 student has painted a mural.

From Benalla, Lucy’s work has also appeared on a store window as part of the Wall to Wall festival and her second mural was erected as part of the Shepparton Festival.

She described the piece and what inspired the design.

‘‘At the forefront of the painting, I have three faces,’’ she said.

‘‘I wanted to celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism of the Goulburn Valley region.’’

Lucy said she chose to create an abstract background that weaved into flora and fauna.

‘‘The animals featured include the regent honey eater, the striped legless lizard and the golden sun moth, which are all common to the region,’’ she said.

Lucy also included elements such as apples to pay homage to this year’s festival theme Story Bowl, which plays on the Goulburn Valley’s status of the food bowl.

‘‘I mimicked a style of Aboriginal dot painting to express our strong links to the Yorta Yorta nations and their own story,’’ she said.

Shepparton Festival chairwoman Fiona Smolenaars said the Stubbs Wallace mural had been running for five years and this was the first time a Goulburn Valley Grammar student had taken part.

‘‘We’ve had Shepparton Christian College, a group of boys who did graphics, Notre Dame College for two years and last year we had some people with multicultural backgrounds,’’ she said.

Ms Smolenaars said the mural would be hung right up until festival time next year.

The mural can be viewed for free at the Stubbs Wallace car park, 160 Welsford St, Shepparton.