Benalla artists exhibit in Violet Town

By Simon Ruppert

The Nice and the Nasty exhibition by Benalla's Tim Robertson and David Moore is on display in Violet Town

The exhibition is the latest put on by Violet Town Museum and Art Gallery, which opened this year.

The museum and gallery features some permanent displays of local history and art exhibitions showcasing local talent.

Volunteer John Thornhill said the museum and gallery is a not-for-profit venture started by a local lady in memory of her husband.

“We're a volunteer organisation and we have displays in here which change on a regular basis and some permanent installations,” Mr Thornhill said.

“We try and have a new artist to display in the gallery about once a month.

“We have David Moore and Tim Robertson in the front gallery and we have an exhibition of prints by an artist called Sarah Trethowan out the back.

“We have lots of local history. It's currently the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu epidemic, and we have a display on that.

“We have photos of Cowslip St, which is the road we are on.

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“We have up-to-date images and historical ones to show how the town has changed.

“Three years ago this building was condemned.

“Jenny, who runs the cafe and is a volunteer here, bought the building with a plan to turn it into something like this in memory of her husband Ian.

“He was part of the historical society here, and she bought it in his memory.

“It's all been done with volunteers, and we've raised money through grants here and there.

“We actually opened the cafe as an after-thought. But we are a total not-for-profit organisation.”

All the profits from the cafe come back into the museum and gallery and Jenny rents it to us for just $1 per year.

“We opened about six months go around the same time as the Southern Aurora memorial Garden went into.

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“And we have a permanent exhibition of the Southern Aurora Crash.

“Jenny's husband was in CFA for many years and he donated a lot of the Southern Aurora stuff, which is very relevant to the town.”

The Violet Town Museum and Art Gallery is at 20 Cowslip St.

It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm and open every day during school holidays.

Entry is free, but a gold coin donation is welcomed.

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