Nymagee residents were given the opportunity to have fun, get creative and connect with others at a two day art workshop in the village last week.
The free workshop was funded under the Australian Government Drought Assistance Package through House With No Steps, Interrelate, Uniting Burnside and Catholic Healthcare.
Masti Adler, multi skilled practitioner with Interrelate, helped to coordinate the event which attracted 18 local participants.
“The two days were a wonderful possibility for people to connect, dip into their creativity and let it go, learn different techniques and apply them and have a lot of fun in the process,” Masti said.
She said guest artist from Warren Jude Flemming taught participants how to mix different colours from the primary colour set and encouraged, helped and suggested improvements that expanded everyone’s scope of what they thought they could or couldn’t do.
“Some of the people discovered that they are artists after all,” Masti said.
“It is known that being creative is therapeutic.
“Being able to ‘lose yourself’ in a form of art such as painting or drawing allows you to forget your troubles; there is also the opportunity to express how you are feeling by putting it on paper.” She said the art days also gave locals a chance to connect, relax and have fun as they created.
“Because people live in different directions from Nymagee, some shop in Nyngan, others in Cobar and occasionally others head to Condobolin, this means they only see each other at such an event as the art workshop,” Masti said.
“We plan to have ongoing art days and it’s hoped the participants will continue and even bring a friend.” Masti said they also hoped to hold an information and care day specifically for men around Nymagee in the near future.