Art is... festival comes to a close

BURNT PUB: Chloe Baker, 9, of Dimboola paints a canvas for a pop-up mural at the
Dimboola Hotel. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARR

BURNT PUB: Chloe Baker, 9, of Dimboola paints a canvas for a pop-up mural at the Dimboola Hotel. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARR

THE Art is... festival will conclude today after a bumper weekend of events.

On Friday and Saturday, canvas sheets were painted in community workshops and were placed around the controversial Dimboola Hotel.

Festival manager Kate Finnerty said everyone who attended was painting furiously.

She said the new mural for the pub was unveiled yesterday at 2pm.

"We also had a roving musician who was layered in clothing and people had to guess how many layers he had on," she said.

Ms Finnerty said a highlight of the weekend's events was the I Met Horsham performances on Friday night and Saturday afternoon and evening.

"It was just fantastic such a great performance," she said.

"It was a great way to get a deeper understanding of Horsham and the people that live there."

Four rock bands hit the stage at the Commercial Hotel in Horsham on Saturday night.

DJ Matt Coughlan also played Jamaican dancehall and reggae at Wilson's nightclub.

Geological tours of the Grampians were on Saturday and yesterday.

"There was a walk from Mt Zero Cafe on Saturday around the rocks and people learnt more about the region," Ms Finnerty said.

Yesterday there was a walk from Laharum Olive Grove.

"There was also an exhibition at Balmoral on Saturday, which was a very nice community event," Ms Finnerty said.

"People come from all over the region."

The festival ends tonight with musician Fred Smith and his show Dust of Uruzgan, which is made up of songs inspired by his time as a diplomat in Afghanistan.

Ms Finnerty said the annual festival had been a success.

"Everyone I talk to has been raving about it and a number of people are doing return visits to some of the attractions," she said.

"We've had great numbers at most events so all up I'm very happy."

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