Art feast at La Dolce Vita

Woodwork, paintings by local artists feature
PEOPLE AND PLACE: A free exhibition of Michael Ashby’s paintings, together with John Kunert’s woodwork, will be held in the former RSL building in Whitfield from November 15 to November 18. PHOTO: Anita McPherson

VISITORS to the La Dolce Vita Wine and Food Festival in the King Valley will find even more to entertain them on the menu this year, as the annual spring celebration brings together two accomplished artists in one free exhibition.

Whitlands artist Michael Ashby, well known for his beautiful paintings of the King Valley and its people, will be joined by Myrrhee artisan woodworker John Kunert, in the first exhibition of its kind to be held at the newly named “King Valley Community Memorial Hall” in Whitfield.

The former RSL building is only just beginning its transition into a community space, and Mr Ashby said the modest building worked well as an impromptu gallery.

“There is good light in here and the location in the centre of Whitfield makes it ideal for people who may like to call in as they go past on their way between the nearby wineries,” he said.

Included in the “Things Of Paint And Wood” exhibition are a collection of John Kunert’s finely crafted furniture and artefacts, and around 30 of Mr Ashby’s paintings, including popular local landscapes and 24 new works.

They include a series of watercolors depicting evening streetscapes of France inspired by a visit to Europe this year, and striking portraits of local people who may be recognisable to some.

“Things Of Paint And Wood” will be exhibited at the King Valley Community Memorial Hall on the Wangaratta-Whitfield Road in Whitfield, from Friday to Monday, open 10am until 5pm.

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