Nambucca High artists make their mark on Macksville

Nambucca High artists make their mark on Macksville

Wallace Lane has made huge gains over the past couple of years.

But the Macksville thoroughfare's artistic makeover has spent life in the slow lane since COVID hit.

That is until today, when project managers and Rotary legends John Elliott and Rod Edwards drilled in the latest instalment along the art walk.

The two-panelled mural is a team effort from last year's Year 9 art students at Nambucca Heads High School.

The young artists worked on the project for five months together, and were mostly very relieved to see it finally go up today.

"It's always really rewarding to see the kids' work on display especially knowing the hours they've put into it, planning and collaborating," teacher Angela Bagordo said.

For many, this is the first time their art is being displayed so publicly, and there was a niggle of apprehension about its reception.

Judging from initial reactions, there needn't have been.

"I think it's wonderful," Rod said. "I think they've done a fantastic job and it really captures the essence of Macksville."

Rod and John get ready to mount the mural

Rod and John get ready to mount the mural

Building owners Paul and Cheryl Eades are tickled pink to have the mural outside their establishment.

Cheryl's brother 'Bub' used to race his sailboat 'Bubbles' up and down the river outside the NAB building.

"And those sailboats in the painting remind me of that time. It was really lovely to see that today - it means a lot to me," she said.

Paul, too, was glowing in his praise of the mural and the project itself.

"I think it's marvellous," Paul said.

"It's good for the kids, and it's good for the town. Macksville is undergoing a change right now, and it's good to know that this is a part of it."

Cheryl and Paul Eades with 'Bubbles'

Cheryl and Paul Eades with 'Bubbles'

There are three more panels being worked on by students at Macksville High which will be going up on display on the corrugated fence directly beside the Nambucca ones.

And there are plans for two more murals to adorn the brick wall at the side of the building, including a portrait of Frank Partridge VC.


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