Binit Binit Learning Community holds Art and About Auction

Art lovers will have a rare chance to bid on and select a range of pieces during Binit Binit Learning Community's 'Art and About' Auction and Student Exhibition.

All of the money raised will allow the Learning Community to establish an annual art program, benefiting 11 schools in the area.

On display: Yass Public teacher Lisa Marple is donating 'Beach Birds' to the auction. Pictured with students Anzac Longley, year 4, and Harper Cross, year 5. Photo: Hannah Sparks

On display: Yass Public teacher Lisa Marple is donating 'Beach Birds' to the auction. Pictured with students Anzac Longley, year 4, and Harper Cross, year 5. Photo: Hannah Sparks

The doors will open for viewing at 6pm and bidding will begin at 6.30pm on Monday at Yass Soldiers' Memorial Hall. Dozens of pieces by eleven acclaimed artists will be up for grabs.

Among them are local artists Janet DeBoos, Nicole Godding, Al Phemister and Lisa Marple, as well as Akira Kamada, Karynne Ledger, Joanne Searle, Carolyn Young and Michael Keighery.

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Lisa Marple is a mixed media artist and teacher at Yass Public School. She is donating a piece inspired by summer holidays on the South Coast called 'Beach Birds'.

"It evokes memories of sandy beaches and the ocean," Mrs Marple said. "I used a variety of oil pastels, shellac, water colour and inks to create it, as well as a mixed range of materials such as feathers, lace, fabric and paper ephemera hand-stitched into the surface."

Al Phemister is a Yass-based sculptor and will be auctioning a smaller version of one of his popular pears made from stainless steel washers. It is about 200 millimetres tall and 100mm in diametre and would usually sell for around $200, Mr Phemister said.

The art will be auctioneered by Michael Keighery, an internationally acclaimed mixed media, ceramic-based and performance artist. He is known as an acerbic social commentator and his work is collected and commissioned worldwide.

Up for grabs: Sculptor Al Phemister is donating one of his popular pears to the auction.

Up for grabs: Sculptor Al Phemister is donating one of his popular pears to the auction.

"Keighery generates a lot of energy in the room," Wee Jasper Public School principal Michelle Andrews said.

Wee Jasper is one of the 11 schools in the Binit Binit Learning Community that took part in the art program that ran for the first time in June and July.

Some 128 students from Yass, Binalong, Bowning, Boorowa, Gunning, Jugiong, Rye Park, Dalton and Wee Jasper worked with professional artists.

They included Aboriginal, mixed media and ceramic artists, photographers, printers and sculptors, but to do so it cost the schools around $25,000, Ms Andrews said.

"We wanted to promote a diverse range of art forms to the children and also connect the children to local and highly accomplished artists," Ms Andrews said.

The community can view the 450 works created by the students with the professional artists before and after the auction.

The Student Exhibition will remain on display at the memorial hall from August 6-8, from 8.30am-5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and 8.30am-1pm on Thursday.

"The quality of the students' work is quite high because they were involved in small groups of about 15 in two-day immersive workshops," Ms Andrews said.

The date for the auction and exhibition has been selected to fall in Education Week 2019 (August 5-9) and the ceremonies will be officially opened by the director of educational leadership in the Yass network, Meg Couvee.

The whole community is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided by Trader & Co.

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