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Art grant to lift hub charm

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June 07, 2018

Rita Costa and Brad Vincent creating pottery at Bendigo Pottery.

Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre manager Sharon Kriesfeld.

Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre manager Sharon Kriesfeld.

The Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre will soon join several other buildings in the district after receiving funding to paint a mural inside the facility.

Situated within the Mooroopna Hub, MEAC manager Sharon Kriesfeld said they had secured a Greater Shepparton City Council arts grant to create a stunning piece of artwork.

‘‘We went on an excursion (this week) to look at murals in Rochester, Elmore and Bendigo,’’ she said.

‘‘The Rochester ones were fantastic.’’

The group also attended a workshop at Bendigo Pottery.

Ms Kriesfeld said she hoped it would be just the beginning of a series of artworks that would fill the walls of the building.

She said the large facility had been at its Alexander St home for the past 15 years, with the service operating for 35 years.

What were once separate buildings housing the senior citizens hall, occasional child care and the library were joined together into one large hub.

She said it was common for community members to not even realise the building was there. ‘‘People come in and are surprised by what we’ve got,’’ she said.

The mural, once completed, will be in addition to the existing exhibition space in MEAC’s foyer, which sees local artists’ work on display for about six weeks at a time.

‘‘We use local artists and we change them over every six to eight weeks,’’ Ms Kriesfeld said.

MEAC is currently showing the work of artists Sophletta and Bula Temporaria, which includes realistic portraits and mandala-inspired pieces.

Ms Kriesfeld explained Bula Temporaria, which means temporary remedy, was an art project created by Davidson Lopes that began in Brazil.

‘‘The project came from a need to deal with social phobia and anxiety increasingly frequent to large cities,’’ she said.

Sophletta began using mandalas in an intuitive way in 2014 and has been experimenting with tools and techniques ever since.

MEAC has a long service history

The Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre has serviced the community for the past 35 years, offering a range of classes and hire spaces.

Manager Sharon Kriesfeld said there were a number of facilities that operated within The Hub building, which also houses MEAC.

Adjoining MEAC is the Mooroopna Library, Morrell Street Occasional Childcare, and Alexander Street Kindergarten with the Mooroopna Men’s Shed just next door.

Ms Kriesfeld said they ran two meal sessions each week and encouraged community members to come along.

Group meals are held on Mondays for senior citizens at a cost of $10 for a three-course-meal. Ms Kriesfeld said this was run entirely by volunteers in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council.

The meals are from noon to 1pm and transport can be arranged for those who meet specific criteria.

While on Tuesdays, MEAC works in partnership with Shepparton Access to offer an affordable community lunch each week.

For $6, hospitality-trained staff and volunteers provide a two-course meal from noon. Bookings are essential for both on 5825 1774.

A lounge area is also available for community members who wish to simply make a coffee using the kitchen facilities and sit down for a rest.

Ms Kriesfeld said MEAC had also provided an exercise program with 17 events each week, open to all including seniors and those with a disability.

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