Stories stick in art exhibition

Drysdale residents create art for the Mouth to Mountain. 153225

A DOZEN or so local residents will display their work at Drysdale Station as part of this year’s Mountain to Mouth.
Drysdale district co-ordinator Rachella Thomas held a workshop for the residents at Springdale earlier this month, with Geelong artist Ingrid Petterson.
“We thought it would be really nice to involve the local community,” Rachella said.
“Springdale is amazing – they’re so active in their community.”
The residents created “story sticks”, which tell tales of everything from sea changes to the “Drysdale Bunyip”.
A sound artist recorded people’s stories at the workshop, to go with the sticks.
A new Geelong resident, Rachella first glimpsed the Mountain to Mouth in 2014.
“I thought it was an event that showed great potential and opportunities,” she said.
With 16 years of experience as an event co-ordinator in Melbourne, she jumped at the opportunity to be part of the event.
“I really cherry-pick the jobs I want to work – it’s more for love than income,” she said.
Mountain to Mouth is an “extreme arts walk”, which explores the scenery and culture of Geelong and the Bellarine.
Mouth to Mountain’s main artwork – Canoe – will stop in Drysdale from 10.45am to 11am on 7 May. Drysdale Station will be open from 9.30am to noon the same day.

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