25 July 2023

Travelling artists stop in Cooktown to admire our historic township

| Sarah Martin
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Cheryl Hardie, Judy McLaurin, Kayleen Harris, Anne Kelly and Sue Hardie on an art tour in Cooktown.

A GROUP of artists, ranging from novice to experienced, converged on Cooktown last week for three days of sketching and painting.

The four women travelled with art coach Annee Kelly as part of a painting tour with Travelrite International Tours.

“We are on a 13-day painting tour. We spent five days in Cairns, we went to Palm Cove and on the Skyrail to paint Kuranda and now three days in Cooktown,” Ms Kelly told Cape York Weekly.

“From here we go to Port Douglas for another three nights.”

Ms Kelly said the art tours were “a lot of fun”, with participants from all over Australia and the world travelling to various locations to sketch and paint.

“There is one organised for the south of France which I’m taking in September,” she said.

“Other tutors are doing other trips painting New Zealand and Western Australia.”

The artists were sketching as they travelled, including this capture of Port Douglas by Annee Kelly.

Two of the group had been to Cooktown before, but for the others, it was their first time, and for one new painter, it was also her very first time picking up a brush.

“We painted the old bank this morning,” Ms Kelly said.

“There are so many beautiful old buildings in Cooktown.

“I start with a demonstration and talk about composition and colours and tones, that sort of thing, then I paint and let my participants paint themselves and I assist.”

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