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Artist captures view of village chimneys

August 17, 2016

Rushall Park resident Sybil is painting the village's chimneys.

Most newcomers to Rushall Park village are enchanted by the gardens  and the quaint cottages. But their eyes are soon drawn to the cottage roofs and the chimneys.

The cottages, which line the streets of Rushall Park, have characteristic chimneys in a variety of architectural styles dating back to when the village began in 1870. Sybil, who is 91, and has been a resident at Rushall Park for four years, has painted a series of watercolours of the rooftops and chimneys.

While some lucky residents can now display an original painting of their own cottage, Sybil’s chimney-series gift cards have been a popular fundraiser at village craft stalls.

Sybil, doesn’t just paint parts of Rushall Park, she is immersed in the village life. As well as gardening, Sybil regularly bakes for the Friday morning kiosk, and attends a weekly exercise class, assists in the library and is an enthusiastic member of the art/craft group. She is also an avid reader, patchworker and embroiderer.

Sanctuary is how artist Gillian Coates describes her home at Currie Park, OCAV’s village in Euroa. “When I go to Melbourne and I am heading back to Euroa, I can’t wait to get home to the peacefulness of this place. It is like a sanctuary for me."

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