E-kids make busy business of their art

Kaz McGlynn

Kaz McGlynn and Year 7 Student Claudia Cheatley.

Children are coming from as far as Ballarat to take part in artist Karen (Kaz) McGlynn’s Kazworks art’sKool and after seeing Sunday’s exhibition launch it’s no wonder why.

Studio One in Barwon Heads was chosen as the gallery space for the student’s work, and so popular was the event Ms McGlynn said next year they’ll need a bigger space.

Art appreciators and artists were packed in tight in a room which buzzed with colourful artworks, gorgeous cakes, proud parents and beautiful bejeweled children wearing the crowns “Queen Kaz” had given them for this most auspicious occasion.

The children were treated to a touch of pomp and ceremony, with the special appearance of Councillor Barbara Abley who holds the portfolio for the Arts and Culture in the City of Greater Geelong.

Councillor Abley spoke with passion about the importance of integrating art into the lives of children and her words gave a wonderful sense of gravitas to the opening of the exhibition. Kazworks’ art’sKool kids are called E-Kids because they’re trained to be art entrepreneurs. They do not sell their original works, they print off limited editions for sale.

On display were gift books, magnets and gift cards of the children’s work for sale. The money raised from sales goes to the Bluebird Foundation to assist art in being accessible to people that wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to access art in their lives.

The exhibition is open until tomorrow, Wednesday 14 December, at Studio One – 1/10 Geelong Road, Barwon Heads, 3227. Contact Kaz on 0437 582 772.