JOY OF ART: Roma’s Mavis Bunt will be displaying 33 of her favourite works of art on Sunday to help raise money for the Roma Hospital Auxiliary.
JOY OF ART: Roma’s Mavis Bunt will be displaying 33 of her favourite works of art on Sunday to help raise money for the Roma Hospital Auxiliary. Tom Gillespie

The joy of art drives Mavis to exhibit her 33 pieces

PAINTING is all about joy for Mavis Bunt – and next weekend she’s about to spread the joy around.

The Roma artist, who only picked up a brush less than a decade ago, will be holding her first ever exhibit from Sunday at the Walk of Art on Hawthorne St.

The opening of the exhibit will also double as a fundraiser for the Roma Hospital Auxiliary through the raffling off of one of Mavis’ prized quilts.

While her paintings will be on sale, Ms Bunt said she wasn’t interested in making a fortune.

Even one of her most sought-after pieces ‘Shall We Dance’ (pictured), which features to brolgas ‘dancing’, is only on sale for a few hundred dollars.

“I want them to be sold – I’d like to sell them all so I can take back my bedroom and spare room,” she said jokingly.

Art has become one Mavis’ top hobbies, saying she paints to convey her happiness.

“I’ve always wanted to put joy back into a community – if we help create joy, it will grow and multiply,” she said.

“I do art for the joy of it – a lady who bought my one of paintings said it was the first things she sees when she wakes up, and it always makes her smile.”

Mavis owes her talent and skill to the Roma Art Group, who have been responsible for bringing world-class tutors to Roma to teach locals.

Her exhibit opens on Sunday from 11am at the Walk of Art. If you would like more information, phone Mavis on 0427 241 151.


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