Meet Hazelhurst Regional Gallery’s new guiding force

Passion for art: A group of 13 new volunteer guides for the Hazelhurst Gallery graduated last week. The group includes all age groups from students to retirees, all united in their love of art. Picture: John Veage

Passion for art: A group of 13 new volunteer guides for the Hazelhurst Gallery graduated last week. The group includes all age groups from students to retirees, all united in their love of art. Picture: John Veage

These eager faces are ready to put the public in the picture.

The latest crop of volunteer guides at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery graduated last week after completing their training.

There are 13 new volunteer guides who will be responsible for being the public face of the gallery and guides for the public at its future exhibitions.

The guides come from a broad range of backgrounds and age groups but all are united in their love of art.

They include Blake Malone, 23, from Gymea Bay who graduated last year with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the Sydney College of Arts which is part of Sydney University.

Blake also works on the administration desk at Hazelhurst and will continue developing his discipline as a painter.

As a trainee guide, he had to complete an eight-week training course which included lectures by art experts, visits to various art galleries including the Art Gallery of NSW and the MCA, and exercises in artistic expression including drawing.

Blake’s passion for art and a drive to share it with others was a motivator for him becoming a guide at Hazelhurst.

“At university there is a lot more jargon involved in discussing art,” he said.

“Being a guide brings a different approach and perspective on how to talk about art.

“Because I have a passion for art I wanted to be around art as much as possible. Hazelhurst is a good community gallery and I hope I can offer people a different perspective on how to view art.”

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