of Visual Arts TAFE graduate is on the brink of launching her
first solo exhibition after a "life changing" decision four
years ago to follow her passion.
Silvana WiRepa had studied architecture and construction management
and was already working in demolition. However, she said she found
those career areas "soul destroying" and decided to explore
her interest in art by enrolling in North Coast TAFE.
"I am essentially a creative person and measuring quantities of
concrete just wasn't my thing," she told the Wauchope Gazette.
Four years ago I made a life changing decision and went back to TAFE
to do a Diploma of Fine Arts where I learnt about the use of organic
oils from Peter Lankas. The methods he uses means that a painting can
last up to 500 years before it may need any restoration work. There
are no toxic chemicals or turps used."
Silvana is all set to open the Top Hat Art Gallery in Wauchope in
mid-October. Her plan is for the gallery to function as a learning as
well as exhibition space. She is encouraging local artists to use the
space either to show their work or run evening classes in life
drawing."The gallery is an amazing space with natural light and
ample parking," she said.