Artists press for new equipment

OPEN FOR VIEW: Riddoch Art Gallery’s Serena Wong opened the event alongside Thumbprint Workshop Incorporation president Diana Wiseman.

MOUNT Gambier’s Thumbprint Workshop Incorporation has completed a weekend-long fundraiser to kick start the campaign to secure a new etching press.

The local art group held a three-day event last weekend at its workshop area The Chapel Studio on Suttontown Road.

Last Friday night, the group opened an exhibition titled Medieval and Animalia, displaying members’ work, including etchings, mono-prints, linocuts and mixed media.

Throughout the rest of the weekend, Thumbprint held barbecues and sold unframed prints, jewellery and other pieces created by participating artists.

The group’s current press, which has been used since its establishment some 20 years ago, need regular repairs, causing financial challenges for the group.

Thumbprint president Diana Wiseman said the group was motivated to reach the fundraising goal.

“It really was just the beginning and within the next 12 months we are hoping to run workshops and teach the community what we do here,” she said.

The new press will cost the group $5000 and Thumbprint is hoping the community will band together and assist through participating in events.

The weekend exhibition was opened by Riddoch Art Gallery’s new arts, culture and development officer Serena Wong.

During her speech, she showed her support for the long-running community art group.

“I think the exhibition and fundraising is important because it demonstrates there is an ongoing creative spirit within Mount Gambier’s community,” Ms Wong said.

“The Riddoch Art Gallery supports the community and those enthused by their own art and creative spirit.”

Looking ahead, Thumbprint members will hold workshops for the public, as well as other events to help raise the necessary funds.

“We are always looking for new members and this will be a great way to achieve that and help raise funds,” Ms Wiseman said.