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Colbinabbin appoints silo artist

By Country News

Colbinabbin’s silo art project has moved a step closer, after the announcement of St James silo artist and Benalla local Timothy Bowtell as the artist for the project.

It’s only been a few weeks since Mr Bowtell completed his artwork at St James’ GrainCorp silo and he said he was thrilled to get the opportunity to paint another silo.

Colbinabbin Silo Art Project Team chair Mary Ann Morgan said picking the artist had been a long process.

‘‘As a Victorian, who lives in rural north-eastern Victoria, Tim is excited by the canvas of the Colbinabbin silo, the broad spread of concrete and steel silos combined with the position of the viewing area and the township,’’ she said.

‘‘The project team envisages this will be one of the greatest artworks that the Silo Art Trail is yet to see, with what is now known locally as Lot 38. The setting provides a stunning backdrop for the silos, combined with the unique community spirit of Colbinabbin that is second to none, that will also be reflected in the artwork.

‘‘Whilst the concept of the artwork is in its infancy, the project team is sure that no-one will be disappointed with the result that will resonate with one and all.’’

Mr Bowtell will be visiting Colbinabbin on Saturday, June 1 to view the local historical society’s collection of material.

The town was announced as the recipient of a grant of more than $100000 under the Pick My Project grants program in October last year.

The silo art is expected to be completed in autumn next year.