Showcasing hidden talent

By Jackson Russell

An art exhibition at Tallarook Hotel will showcase a range of incredible art created by participants of Goulburn Options Disability Services’ art program.

The exhibition is part of the whole weekend of art and music at Tallarook Hotel from Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4.

It was created from a partnership between Goulburn Options and Tallarook Hotel publican and Michelton Winery curator Adam Knight.

Goulburn Options Disability Services participant Rosie Sheppard is one of the program’s best artists.

Goulburn Options Disability Services chief executive Dr Rosey Panelli said art was one of the service’s main activities.

“Goulburn Options has been around for nearly 40 years and for a long time has been a central activity for people and our artists love the opportunity to display their work,” she said.

“We have quite a lot of artists and like to give them an opportunity to put their work out into the community.

“There’s going to be a whole weekend of music and art so it’s a good chance to build some community spirit and give the community a chance to learn a bit more about who we are and what we do.”

All money raised from the gold coin donation entry, silent auctions and raffles will go towards building a commercial kitchen for Goulburn Options.

Dr Panelli said the kitchen works would cost Goulburn Options about $100,000 but fundraising had been going well.

“We’re approaching that goal. I’m really hopeful that we might be able to build the kitchen at Christmas time,” she said.

Volunteer and art enthusiast Amanda Wallis said her cousin was a participant at Goulburn Options and she found the art he created, like that of other participants, to be quite progressive.

“Neil’s art is all over my house because it’s really progressive, really great art,” she said.

Lisa Godfrey is an artist whose work will be on display at Tallarook Hotel next month.

Ms Wallis has collected multiple pieces from Goulburn Option participant Rosie Sheppard as well as from other artists.

“As someone interested in art, the art is phenomenal. I think it’s fabulous. It’s very abstract but it’s how the participants express themselves, I think it’s great,” she said.

“The majority of them are very bright and colourful. Rosie always paints the same way so she’s essentially developed her own technique of painting but with different colours every time.”

For more information or to buy a raffle ticket, call fundraising committee chairwoman Margaret Sheppard on 0457 923 448.