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Art exhibition to fundraise for Heysen Trail

Posted on Tuesday 28th, October 2014. Bookmark and Share
Yourumbulla Range painting

'Yourambulla Range' by Marree De Souza.

The grandson of famous German-born Australian painter Sir Hans Heysen, Peter Heysen is due to open a fundraising art exhibition for the Heysen Trail - a 1,200 kilometre walking trail that runs from the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.

The trail, which runs along the Mt Lofty and Flinders Ranges in South Australia, was named after Heysen by its founder Warren Bonython, as he had a particular regard for the paintings Heysen had made of trees and landscapes in the region.

Bonython went on to patronise the Friends of the Heysen Trail (FoHT), a volunteer group that was established to work alongside state resources in developing and maintaining the trail, for which they need to run infrequent fundraising activities.

The most recent fundraising plan is to draw on the trail's namesake through an art exhibition that will be opened by Heysen's grandson, raising money through the sale of over 30 works painted by independent artists Marree De Souza and Marika Lis.

The artworks to be presented depict scenes along the Heysen Trail, with FoHT president Robert Alcock expecting the event to raise up to $2,000 overall.

"This event is our largest fundraiser for 2014. It is being widely publicised and we expect a large response from our members (980 members) and the ‘outdoors’ community in and around Adelaide," said Alcock.

Beyond general maintenance, Alcock points to an increasing number of interstate and international visitors as driving a need for more facilities along the trail.

"The funds raised will be used for infrastructure such as stiles, bridges, huts and on improving the walking path itself," Alcock said. "However our priority plans include the addition of more water tanks and toilets to many of the campsites."

Dubbed 'Echoes of the Heysen Trail', FoHT will be running the exhibition from throughout November at the Robin Hood Hotel in Norwood, South Australia.

See the FoHT website for more details.

Aroona Valley. Credit: Robert Alcock

Photograph of the Aroona Valley and Heysen Range from the Heysen Trail, courtesy of Robert Alcock.

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