Art brightens subway

SUBWAY ART: Lorraine Saunders with Geoff Brock officially opening the new subway art.
SUBWAY ART: Lorraine Saunders with Geoff Brock officially opening the new subway art.

The Crystal Brook subway has been given an arty update with paintings and portraits now hanging along the underground walkway. 

The community project, a collaboration between local artists, Crystal Brook Primary School students, locals and the Crystal Brook Community Association was officially opened on by Geoff Brock on Friday. 

The two year hustle to brighten the town’s subway was welcomed by a large crowd, all whom were excited to see the end result. 

Lorraine Saunders a member of the Crystal Brook Community Association says they were looking for ways to spruce up the town and the painting of the subway was just one of the ideas. 

“We thought that painting through the subway would be a unifying thing to join the two signs of the town, so people could walk through and enjoy going through to across the other side”, she said. 

The idea was born through a group of ladies and they therefore decided to remember the women who had done great things for Crystal Brook and have their portrait painted and a biography hung besides them. 

The Year 5 teacher at Crystal Brook Primary School Tracey Burns has been fundamental in implementing local community actions through her classes, with her students planting trees in 2016, painting the subway art last year and this year brainstorming ideas on how to use a vacant block of land in the town. 

The 17 students were assigned a woman and through the help of the local history group, the children researched about the women and then painted a panel of symbols and images representing their lives. 

The portraits were then painted by five local artists Glenda Spry, Jess Crawford, Jenny Kennedy, Leonora Neil and Kesiah Black, with the works by the students accompanying them. 

“We were all women, so we thought lets do something about women, so we did and Tracey Burns at the school was really happy to be involved with the projects”, Lorraine explained.

“This project has been a whole community event with the whole community involved.”  Geoff Brock, also made a personal donation of $250 to assist in the completion of the project.

OPENING: Ruth Fox, Gavin O'Brien, Kelsey Parminter, Farley O'Brien, Chloe Hosking, Brian Court-Demell, Jasmine O'Brien, Esther Clarke, Amelia Venning and Jenna Hosking.

OPENING: Ruth Fox, Gavin O'Brien, Kelsey Parminter, Farley O'Brien, Chloe Hosking, Brian Court-Demell, Jasmine O'Brien, Esther Clarke, Amelia Venning and Jenna Hosking.