A Brush with NEA -North East Artisans' theme for the 2018 Wall to Wall Benalla street art weekend in March - provided the chance for visitors to celebrate the joy of creativity & experience the mission of NEA. .
Visitors could learn the basics of eco printing and create an eco printed scarf with Maggie Hollins; learn techniques for making their own earrings, bracelet or necklace with Sally Wallace; make a felt bangle after watching artisan Annie Longmuir felt a flower; or take time out to make a simple personal mandala after meditating to quieten the mind with Meralyn Vincent.
Upstairs Jenny Paull was running a pastel workshop while in the foyer entrance Mervyn Beamish could be found demonstrating the magical art of dragon egg making.
.In the Gandhi Courtyard, participants could learn some basic cuts and how to use a knife safely while whittling a piece of wood into something beautiful with Seamus Foley;
In the garden courtyard street artist Justin Hunter and artist/monk Simmon Tan led two all ages events painting murals for the courtyards at NEA.
Frank Burgers was raring to go with fun Round Robin drawing sessions while Kylie, Edie & Ruth at the Red Road Cafe and customer service volunteers wearing our newly released T-Shirts in the gallery/shop were kept busy.
A Brush with NEA' also featured a wonderful (and free) opportunity to experience a Gallery Gig at North East Artisans. The Gallery Gigs are the ultimate gathering for lovers of live, original music in an intimate setting. and support local artists.
The Marisa Quigley duo (pictured below); Liv Cartledge; Michaela Alexander and Harrison Music provided a magical night of music.
The Gallery Gigs' convenor Michaela said 'It was an incredible night. Thank you so much to Liv, Marisa, and Harrison for sharing your gifts with us. Come back soon!"
Michaela also thanked the Friends of the Library for sponsoring the 'Brush with NEA' Gallery Gig, "enabling NEA to put on the gig for free without going into the red!'
Thank you smuch #FriendsofBenallaLibrary for your supportI"
Finally, a'high five' for everyone involved from A Brush with NEA's workshops coordinator, Meralyn Vincent - 'It was a cracker of an event for NEA - we did a wonderful thing for the community and I feel like we’re on the map in a lot of people’s minds. High Five everyone!'