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Dianne Colk and her amazing Grace

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April 18, 2017

Melbourne artist and Guest Speaker Dianne Colk with her Jack Russell terrior Grace, and the fine art print Perra Blanca featured in the Australian Print Workshop exhibition at The G.R.A.I.N. Store in Nathalia. Photo: Olive Sage

MELBOURNE artist Dianne Colk had her first exhibition in 1969 but returned to the Goulburn Murray region last week to launch an exhibition by some of Australia’s best known artists at The G.R.A.I.N. Store in Nathalia.

The exhibition is on loan from the Australian Print Workshop in Fitzroy, and features selected works from its biennial fundraising exhibition, Impressions 2016.

Dianne’s career as an artist and arts educator began with her first teacher posting to Shepparton in the late 1960s and in 1970 she was awarded first place in the Ardmona Acquisitive Art Prize at the Shepparton Art Gallery.

Dianne brought along her dog Grace, who was the subject of her exhibit in the Australian Print Workshop Show.

‘‘It is a great honour to participate in this exhibition, along with famous Australian artists like Rick Amor, Chris O’Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa) and Ex de Medici,’’ Dianne said.

‘‘I was thrilled to help raise some funds for the APW when the numbered edition of my 10 prints were sold out, but I still have an artist’s proof copy I have decided to make available for The G.R.A.I.N Store exhibition.’’

The Australian Print Workshop exhibition is also a fundraiser for the G.R.A.I.N. Store with a $33 handling fee from each print sold going to assist their ongoing work of growing involvement and appreciation of art in the local community.

Curator Ken Wong said the exhibition was off to a very successful start but there were still some great artworks available often at a fraction of the artist’s normal selling price.

‘‘This exhibition is a great opportunity to see work by some of Australia’s leading artists and start or add to your own art collection at a very affordable price as well as supporting our work in the community,’’ he said.

For further information visit www.thegrainstore.org or phone 0403 756 571.

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