The Willaura Modern Railway Station Gallery hosts miniature works of art | The Ararat Advertiser


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A magical world of miniature artwork intrigued visitors to the Willaura Modern Railway Station Gallery throughout the Easter weekend. The models by artist historian Gary Serpell are part of an exhibition “Shining a Light: Art from Conflict, Art for Peace”. Mr Serpell tells the story of Australia’s wartime experience at Gallipoli and on the Western Front through a series of dioramas. “The first AIF, an army of rags, did more than its weight in its many fine achievements,” he told the visitors. READ MORE: Candidate denies allegations against party ‘This sense of pride in our soldiers prompted me to tell their story through my role models.’ After visiting battlefields in Belgium and France, I felt the amazing presence of my compatriots who fought and died there but were never forgotten in places like Villers Brettoneaux. Mr Serpell has also enjoyed creating tin cutouts of iconic Australian sporting heroes and classic Australian cars in recent years. “Being a proud Melbourne resident, I couldn’t resist doing a three-dimensional mural of some of my favorite landmarks,” he said. SPORT: Also on display for this Anzac Day exhibition are trench art, poster art, an iconic quilt made in 1916 to raise money for Australia’s war effort and the work of Australian WWI artists. The exhibition will be open during the Anzac weekend, from 11am to 2pm on 21, 22, 23, 25 and 26 April. 0428 541 482. While you are with us you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from the Ararat advertiser. To make sure you’re up to date with all the news from across Ararat County, sign up here.



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