Community Portrait Gallery / Community Gallery

Paint your Portrait


Help create a community portrait gallery…

Have you ever wanted to paint, but not sure where to start? Take the opportunity to whilst warm and cosy at home, try something new and with some support (and the help of some guided lines) create something special and represent your Shire.

This fun portrait painting session, directed by portrait artist John M Brain will unleash the hidden talent in anyone bold enough to pick up a paint Brush! We can promise, you will walk away having painted a portrait that looks just like you, even if you have NEVER painted before!

Council is excited to be subsidising a Community Portrait Gallery, a 12 month project to fill the Moss Vale Civic Centre Foyer Gallery – a representation of our community. People from all areas, suburbs, towns, villages, volunteers and staff are invited to participate. Due to Covid-19 we are structuring this project a little differently so you can still participate from your own home!

Simply fill in the registration form which you can find here, pay your $39.95 and your pack will be sent to you and you can start when you are ready! When Coucil is reopened we will invite all participants to bring their canvases in to help create our Community Portrait Gallery.

What and How?

Keep busy in the safety of your own home, ANYTIME! You will need to provide a head-shot photo of yourself at least a week in advance.

John will then transpose you onto a canvas, creating a paint by numbers effect. Your pre-prepared artwork, paint and instructions will be posted to you. You will receive a “how-to” guide and video tutorial. You will also be added to a private Facebook group so that you can upload process photos to get 1:1 guidance from our resident artist on this project, John Brain! Don’t have Facebook? Not a problem John can email you too!

John Michael Brain (JMB) believes a portrait will bring joy to someone and be their most cherished possession. JMB has entered the Archibald each year since 2003, including the official portrait of the Governor General hanging in the WA Art Gallery. JMB conducts portrait classes at the Bowral Art Gallery.

Where and When
In your own home – anytime!

This class is designed for anyone aged from 10 to 100 years old, from brand new to painting through to the emerging artist, all are welcome.

Each pack is $39.95 which includes everything you need!

How do I get into the Community Gallery?
When Council re-opens all participants will be invited to come and hang their canvas to be part of our ‘collective’.

For Bookings and Information
Erin Adams

P  02 4868 0888


As easy as it looks

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