A Moorngag artist will hold an exhibition showcasing her unique talents at Box Hill.By Monique Freer
Moorngag local artist Grace Beer will finally see the culmination of eight years of hard work when her exhibition ‘Animals’ — drawings in crayon opens on Sunday, March 3 in Box Hill.
The exhibition will feature 50 full-colour drawings of different animals, including Australian species such as the echidna and wedge-tailed eagle.
Ms Beer’s drawings are not just beautiful and detailed, but also have therapeutic implications and facilitate the healing process in a counselling context.
The applications for the cards were numerous, Ms Beer said, and provided a platform for starting conversations and open-ended questioning that allowed children, adolescents and adults to ‘‘tell their story’’.
‘‘Not only can they facilitate conversation about feelings and attitudes with both children and adults in a safe way, they can also be used in a light-hearted and non-confrontational fashion to explore relationship dynamics,’’ she said.
‘‘They are suitable for work with individuals, couples, families and groups.’’
Ms Beer has always had a passion for art, with fond memories of doing pencil sketches of country Victoria and profiles of her family and friends as a child.
She began her career in social work and community health, but left social work in pursuit of a career as an artist.
‘‘I have a passion for art and creating,’’ she said.
‘‘It’ll give me joy, give me something meaningful, and at my own pace.’’
After relocating to the Goulburn Valley, Ms Beer took on a job doing counselling at Benalla Health Services, but her interest in children made her concerned about the lack of resources available to them.
Recognising her passion for the topic, Benalla Health Services gave her a scholarship to undertake a certificate in Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents, which focused on semantics and expressive counselling for emotional integration.
Ms Beer now runs her own private practice and continues working as an artist in her studio at Moorngag.
The exhibition will showcase delicate animal drawings, and will also serve as a launch of the therapeutic cards Ms Beer has produced. The images have been reproduced as a set of A5-sized cards. The cards can be used in the home setting, kindergarten or schools, or even in a business settings for adults.
The exhibition will open on Sunday, March 3 and will run for two weeks at Chapel on Station Gallery, corner of Ellingworth Pde and Station St, Box Hill. Ms Beer will also host a workshop on the uses of the therapeutic cards on Saturday, March 2.
The Mansfield Cappella singers will perform, and afternoon tea will be available for all attendees.
For further information phone Chapel on Station Gallery on 9890
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