IT WAS colourful.
And mind-boggingly powerful.
The Rochester Mural Festival has come to a close for another year and the Moore St precinct has once again been transformed into a hive of colour telling eight different stories.
The winner of the 2018 Rochester Mural Festival was Damian Cazaly with his painting The Superb Lyrebird’s Song.
Originally from Tasmania, Damian now lives in Fitzroy and it was his third time lucky at the festival.
This time round, he blew the judges away with his bold colours and powerful imagery.
Organiser Judy Anderson said there was plenty of variety at this year’s event.
“Damian has previously done some amazing murals, which we hope to place around the town,” she said.
“Highly commended went to Kerry Nicholson from Toowoomba who painted Made in Australia, which featured a female head, actually his granddaughter’s, surrounded by a wedge-tailed eagle, kangaroo, Australian floral emblems and bush tucker.
“Our people’s choice went to the very popular Sharon Fensom painting in her second mural festival.
“Her work, titled The Wonder of Nature, was very bright and colourful showing kangaroos in a sunset, a large rosella, frogs and flowers.”
Mrs Anderson said as always the festival couldn’t have gone ahead without the hard-working volunteers.
“The committee was very grateful for all the assistance given by our volunteers and support from the Campaspe Shire, our business houses, motel and hotels for billeting our artists and special thanks to Major’s IGA for keeping us all well hydrated with water for the week,” she said.
“We hope to have a much less dusty and more accessible festival site next year with the planned pathways and beautification of the area now that the funding has been finalised.”