Charlegrark welcomes art

YOUNG talent in the region will have a chance to showcase their skills at Lake Charlegrark next week.

For the second year the Youth Art @ Charlegrark Exhibition and Market Day is running, with this year's instalment on March 30. 

Coordinator Amanda Munn said the event would be good for young artists and musicians who may not get much exposure to get their name out there.

"We have a huge number of very talented young people aged between 12 and 25 but they often go unrecognised because there isn't a forum in which they are able to shine," she said. 

"Youth Art @ Charlegrark gives young people this platform."

The guest artist is Eve Barnes, a student from the Goroke P-12 College and a finalist in the Young Archibald 2013.

"We encourage young people to exhibit paintings, sculpture, glass blowing, photography or any other medium," Ms Munn said. 

"There is a stage area as well as a sound engineer who brings all his equipment to assist young people's performance - it is open to bands, solo performers and dancers.

"This year we have added to the event by holding 'Paint The Lake' - come along and be colour bombed. 

"It is a fun run/walk, with the choice of a 6km or 3km circuit. 

"Colour bombing will take place throughout the fun run as well as bags of paint given to all participants at the end of the run."

Entry to the colour run is $5 per person, entries close tomorrow with no late entries accepted - wear a white shirt.

The event starts at 10.30am (Victorian time) and entrants need to be there by 9.45am.

Forms can be downloaded here - forms and payment to be submitted to schools in the West Wimmera Shire area or the West Wimmera Shire office.

Registration forms for the fun run, as well as artists and musicians, are available at www.westwimmera.vic.gov.au.

There will be market and food stalls on the lake foreshore.

This year there are also paddle boats on the lake, segway rides and jumping castles for young ones.

A caricature cartoonist will be running workshops for young people to participate as well as drawing for a fee.

African drumming workshops will be held throughout the day with the highlight a performance on stage.

Buskers are encouraged to come along and rove through the crowd.

"We also have a pop up gallery for those artists who would like to exhibit but whose age falls outside of the 12 to 25 age bracket," Ms Munn said.

To finish off, the band "Unlimited" will be performing from about 2.30pm.

For more information contact Ms Munn at the shire on (03) 5392 7700 or 0428 606 294.

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