‘All Aboard’ to help save frog

HE hadn’t picked up a paint brush since primary school but thanks to art classes at Campsie Library Arts Group since 2022, John Evans has been able to again enjoy those childhood pleasures all while helping others.

With each course comprising six lessons a month, the theme of the most recent course was ‘All Aboard’ and made possible thanks to a grant from the NSW Ports Authority.
The grant covered participation from the Campsie Dementia Group, Bankstown’s Older Women’s Network and Canterbury City Community Centre, with John asked to assist as an organiser.
The theme was to provide an awareness of the Enfield Intermodal Logistic Centre including concerns for the maintenance of surrounding wetlands and habitat for the rare Green and Golden Bell Frog.
John said that to achieve this end, amphibians, reptiles, cold blooded vertebrates, insects and birds all featured in the group’s artworks.
Praising hard-working art teacher Anne-Marie for developing the group’s skills, he thanked her for providing equipment and interesting materials as well as always being willing to assist them with their work.
“The group was ideal for dementia sufferers and their carers as it was an opportunity to meet new people and make friends all while sharing an enjoyable and stimulating experience,” he said.
“Now and then I recall my time in 1958 at Punchbowl Public School when we were required to draw a poster advertising our performance of The Mikado.
“To my great surprise, I was awarded the second place and received a prize of one shilling. I never had the opportunity to draw again and regretted it – now I feel satisfied.”
The ‘All Aboard’ Exhibition can be viewed at Campsie Library until the end of June.