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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Plinth show gives a podium to local artists

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July 2024: Diane Donohue at Grenfell Visitor Information Centre. Arts OutWest is quite literally putting the work of artists on pedestals with a new touring exhibition program.

Three paintings by Diane Donohue, an emerging artist from Grenfell, will be displayed on special boxes (known in the art world as ‘plinths’) at the Grenfell Visitor Information Centre, part of Grenfell Community Hub, throughout July (from 1 July).

Arts OutWest’s Plinth Show shows work of a different artist, with their work displayed on portable plinths, at a different visitor information centre around the Central West each month for 12 months.

“The exhibition program is designed to highlight arts as a cultural attraction to visitors whilst making a new exhibition opportunity for a local artist,“ said curator, Arts OutWest’s Steven Cavanagh.

Diane Donohue is a Grenfell local who has discovered painting later in life.

“Back when raising my own family, I was keen to ensure the children had access to all kinds of arts materials and musical instruments. I gave them lots of encouragement and it worked out well,” Diane said. “These days, in a freer stage of life, there was an opportunity to join a recently formed group of locals who come together weekly to try out various art techniques together, guided by more experienced artists such as Di Franks.”

It didn’t take long before Diane was collecting art materials for herself and feeling “the bliss of being in the flow” as she experimented.  Three of her creations will be on show.

“These three little works are a whimsical attempt of in mixed media.  These received lots of positive comments, and thus they are exhibited again with the support of Arts OutWest,” Diane said.

The Plinth Show program opened in June with contemporary woven works of Parkes Wiradjuri artist Ronda Sharpe shown at Forbes Visitor Information Centre. Hundreds of visitors stopped to look at her work over the month. In August the show will move to Canowindra with a new artist showcased.

Arts OutWest is the peak regional arts body for the NSW Central West. It is one of 15 regional arts development organisations across the state, receiving funding from state, local and federal government and working with a wide range of partners to deliver support and run strategic arts projects in the region.

Find Grenfell Visitor Information Centre at 88 Main St Grenfell (02) 6343 2059

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IMAGE: Diane Donohue ‘Curious Contenders’