My first time painting: portrait exhibition unmasked in Bonalbo

ABOVE: Sue Smith (in the hat) with her daughter and granddaughters. Photo: Contributed

Susanna Freymark

Sue Smith is used to painting house not portraits.
The former Bonalbo School teacher recently downsized and moved from Hogarth Range to Bonalbo.
Sue worked at Bonalbo Central School from 1977 to 2005.
When she heard there were art workshops running at the Bonalbo Memorial Hall, Sue decided to go to meet people.
With guidance from local artist Vilya de Tozser, Sue painted portraits of her daughter and granddaughter.
She enjoyed it so much, she is going to keep painting.
“I’m fairly artistic, I’ve done a lot of stained-glass work and I feel comfortable playing with colours.”
Her Madonna and Child portrait will feature in an art exhibition at the Bonalbo Hall this month.
Madonna and Child by Sue Smith
For Rhonda Darcey, painting was a new thing too.
She painted portraits of her husband and granddaughter.
“I had big trouble with the eyes and the mouth,” she said about painting the portraits.
An exhibition of portraits painted, drawn and photographed will be on display in the Great West of the Range Portrait Exhibition to be launched at the Bonalbo Unmasked Gala Event on December 11 from 6-10pm. Refreshments will be provided. The workshops and event are hosted by Bonalbo Artists Alliance.
The exhibition will run until the end of January.
Rhonda Darcey painted her husband and granddaughter’s portrait.

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