Art trail beautifies Waroona townsite

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Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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Waroona artist Carmen Tyrer made displays from felt and porcelain.
Camera IconWaroona artist Carmen Tyrer made displays from felt and porcelain.

A stunning art trail has been woven through the heart of Waroona as part of the Angels of Art initiative.

There are sculptures, a mini library, posters, paintings and murals mapped out across South Western Highway.

The project aimed to brighten the town centre and spread joy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Local artists received grants to design and deliver a nature-inspired art piece.

The hanging butterflies placed at Centennial Park were made by the Waroona Artists and Makers group.

The Waroona Artists and Makers group designed butterflies for Centennial Park.
Camera IconThe Waroona Artists and Makers group designed butterflies for Centennial Park. Credit: Pictures: Briana Fiore

The body of artists came together this year to join forces and give back to the town.

Chair Barry Austin said his wife Lesley was one of the contributors for the butterfly project.

“It is so beautiful to look at and it is in a great location,” he said.

Artist Carol Comtesse said she got the butterfly idea from her granddaughter.

“My granddaughter loves butterflies and they are nice and colourful so I thought it would be great to hang some from the tree.”

Local carpenter Ren Theelen made a mini library for the heart of town.

Waroona Shire president Mike Walmsley and Ren Theelen choose a book from the mini library.
Camera IconWaroona Shire president Mike Walmsley and Ren Theelen choose a book from the mini library.

“Some people said they would love a mini library and I said OK I will build one,” he said.

Mr Theelen also made a set of display boxes for felt and porcelain artist Carmen Tyrer to display her work.

“I’ve designed some nature-inspired pieces, but the plan is to change the exhibitors monthly and allow different people to showcase their art,” Mrs Tyrer said.

Businesses were also encouraged to apply for the grant. Drakesbrook Antiques owner Malar Fraser had a red-tailed cockatoo placed in front of her store. It was inspired by the antique pottery collection she ranges in-store.

Malar Fraser had a red-tailed cockatoo placed in front of her antiques store.
Camera IconMalar Fraser had a red-tailed cockatoo placed in front of her antiques store.

Waroona Shire president Mike Walmsley said the work looked spectacular and he could not wait to see the remaining artworks pop up around town.

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