By UTE SCHULENBERG
FEET were soggy but the faces peering out from under umbrellas were smiling at the launch of the series of six new murals in Dorrigo yesterday.
The murals are the brainchild of Dorrigo artist Peter Mulheron and the Dorrigo Visual Arts Group.
Fifteen months ago when Mr Mulheron moved to Dorrigo, he was looking for a way into his new community.
He approached the arts group and an art competition was set up to include all five schools on the plateau ? Dorrigo, Ebor, Dundurrabin and Hernani Public and Mt St John Primary School.
The result was 250 drawings.
"I took information from the drawings from each school ? all the critters, houses and waterfalls ? and transported them onto these boards," Mr Mulheron said.
"We then took the boards to each school and the kids painted in the colours ? it's been a lot of fun."
Arts group member, Louise Stanton, also helped in the schools.
"The kids were so conscientious and enthusiastic," Mrs Stanton said.
Ten-year-old Zani Smith from Dundurrabin Public School said: "It's been fun ? I think it looks pretty good."