Artists and composers in spotlight at festival

THE Crush festival is already hitting the high notes with a workshop for songwriters of the future.

The month-long celebration began on Thursday with a sculpture workshop at Vitner's Secret Vineyard and the Q Music Song Trails.

Stella Humberdross was one of 20 people who attended the musical workshop.

The keen pianist is just 12 and has already written “heaps” of songs.

She attended the songwriters' workshop at Norville Hall on Thursday to discover more about her craft.

“I liked meeting new people and learning more about song writing,” Stella said.

About 20 people attended the workshop held by Q Music and was a follow-up to the Song Trails workshops held earlier in the year.

Q Music presenter and former bassist in Screamfeeder Kellie Lloyd said the workshop was about letting song writers know a little bit more about the industry and any legal issues they may face.

“We pack a lot (of information) into two hours. It (the workshop) is set up so they walk out with new tools to take the next step in their career,” Ms Lloyd said.

A highly-anticipated feature of the Crush festival is a watercolour exhibition by local tutor and artist Mary Argall.

The work is the result of two six-week solo trips through the centre of Australia which included stops at Longreach, Alice Springs, Uluru, Darwin and Mt Isa.

The exhibition consists of 57 paintings, the majority of which were done on sight in these remote locations.

The adventurous artist has lived in Bargara since 1964.

“I am not Australian by nationality, but right before we sailed into Sydney Harbour I fell in love with it,” she said.

“I wanted to see the heart of the country that I had given my heart to.”

The gutsy Mrs Argall packed up her tent and brush and set off to paint her way through Australia.

She will head back next year to teach art at Alice Springs Cultural Centre.

The exhibition A Quarter Watercolour sheet Journey to Central Australia and the North, will open on Tuesday at 7pm at the School of Arts Building.

The work can be viewed daily from 10am to 4pm until October 19.

Watercolour demonstrations will be held daily at 11am.

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