By Jesse Graham
PAINTED portraits from Upper Yarra artists are currently hanging in shopfronts around Warburton as part of a street exhibition running until 23 November.
The Face2Face exhibition, organised by the Upper Yarra Community Enterprise (UYCE), features 24 portraits of Upper Yarra residents, painted by Upper Yarra residents, hanging in shopfronts around Warburton.
UYCE community development worker Suyin Chan said the inaugural exhibition was inspired by Yarra Ranges Council’s Not the Archies portrait exhibition in Healesville in past years.
Artists were able to pay a $5 entry fee and received a canvas, where they painted a portrait of anyone from the Upper Yarra region.
The finished portraits range from friends and family members to iconic residents and the works will hang in town until 23 November.
Ms Chan said she was “really proud” of the result, and that artists ranging from primary and high school students, through to submitted works by experienced painters.
“I’m just looking forward to people coming and walking the streets and having a look at the paintings,” she said.
She said the event would likely be run again next year, with extra time allocated for people to complete their paintings.
To see the finished works, simply take a walk through Warburton’s main street.