Art sales smooth the path
SALES of four demonstration paintings at the weekend by painter and teacher Frank Mitchell have en-sured the arrival of a new wheelchair-friendly studio footpath for students with disabilities.
And there's more. Mr Mitchell said yesterday the sale of the paintings meant that they would also be able to afford a couch and perhaps even some other improvements for the art classroom, located in the Toormina industrial area.
Mr Mitchell and his son, Peter, conduct regular weekly classes for people with mental, physical and intellectual disabilities and would like to expand the tuition they offer into other crafts like woodwork and boat building.
Mr Mitchell offered the demonstration paintings for sale as part of the weekend's exhibition of his own traditional oil paintings of trains and beach landscapes and his students' work at the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium.
He said his students were thrilled by the opportunity to exhibit their work and had been strongly supported by carers and families.