Art provides a Cool Relief

BORDER children are being given the chance to get some relief from the summer heat.

But there’s a catch — they have to be willing to get their hands a little dirty.

Wodonga Council’s Cool Relief community art project aims to give people the chance to leave their own mark on a piece of communal art work.

Wodonga artist and project supervisor Melanie Ruth said the idea was to create an art project with children which focused on ways to escape the hot January sun.

“The idea is that in the middle of summer we wanted to do a project which was completely the opposite and call it Cool Relief,” she said.

Yesterday’s session was the first of three, to take place each Wednesday from 10am to noon.

“It will change as the weeks go, we are going to add to it,” Ms Ruth said.

“Today was painting and next week is collage and things like fish and squids on sticks.

“It’s a lovely collaboration between the library, Art Space Wodonga and Wodonga Council.

“I really think community art is just so beneficial for the local community.

“Children generally want to show the parents the bit they did — just to be involved makes a lovely, creative, community.”

Wodonga mum Janita Crowe said it was great for kids.

“We saw it on Facebook and drove in,” she said.

“It really gets them connected with the library.”

Cool Relief is operating around Arts Space Wodonga, Wodonga Library and The Cube courtyard.

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