Kyneton Art Group goes online and ‘plein air’

November 9th, 2020Kyneton Art Group goes online and ‘plein air’

FOR SOME, living in lockdown due to COVID-19 has been a trying time, but for the members of the Kyneton Art Group there has been an upside. With nowhere to go, no interruptions and time on their hands this has provided the opportunity to paint, draw and produce to their hearts’ delight.

Secretary Jenny Chester said as long-standing supporters of the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival each year, Kyneton Art Group members staged their own annual art exhibition as part of the festival program.
“Many members would also work towards exhibiting as part of the Daffodil Festival’s own art show. Unfortunately, this year both art shows have been cancelled, taking away a valuable resource to exhibit and sell work,” she said.

“But, never ones to sit back and give in, Kyneton Art Group members have taken their fabulous new works online for all to see and purchase. Kyneton Art Group’s online sale site, a new addition to our existing website, is full of fresh, affordable and local art. The works come in various mediums – canvases in oil or acrylic and watercolour, pastel, pencil and mixed mediums on paper or board, framed and unframed.”
Ms Chester said as everyone adapted to a new normal, going online had the benefit of giving the viewer the opportunity to browse at leisure and “snap up a painting from the comfort of their couch and have it delivered to their door”.
“If you are looking to buy beautiful, original art for your home, office or as a gift then be quick and jump online to make your purchase – and keep an eye on our site as new art will be added each month, with great exhibitions and fantastic sales to come.”
Ms Chester said Kyneton Art Group welcomed new members with contact via the website.

The group, which started in 1977 and has members from Kyneton, Daylesford, Taradale, Drummond, Glenlyon, Carlsruhe and Romsey, met every Tuesday at the Red Brick Hall in Kyneton pre-COVID, to create and share time with like-minded people.
“Unable to meet, the group has kept in touch online supporting each other through the tough times and encouraging each other to create and as restrictions ease, we have been meeting ‘plein air’ at the Kyneton Botanical Gardens and surrounding towns. Venues we have painted at so far also include Malmsbury Botanical Gardens, Trentham Public Park and Taradale Reserve.
“The group plans to continue ‘plein air’ sessions throughout Spring, Summer and Autumn, weather permitting visiting Daylesford, Glenlyon and Woodend, and previous locations.”

Link: www.kynetonartgroup.com

Image: President Anna McGrath does a watercolour sketch for future paintings and treasurer Stephanie Warr paints a landscape in acrylic

Words & images: Contributed

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