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Farrago Exhibition - Adelaide Fringe 2018

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Beautiful drawings and you can colour them in
Talented Russian artist and illustrator, Anna Cherkasova is now in residence at Nexus Arts for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2018 for her exhibition Farrago. Anna is a talented illustrator of mainly children's books in Europe. She now resides in Australia. This is a unique exhibition as the work will be created over the coming weeks both by Anna and the visitors who come and see her work.

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The wonderful 7 metre drawings for you to colour. Image by Kat May.


I recently popped in with friends to see her starting her evolving drawings. Everyone in my group had a different reaction to trying some colouring in. Some grabbed a pen right away, but another refused to touch it as they didn't want to mess it up. When I was colouring I went over the line slightly, which is even more of a no-no when you are an adult than in childhood. " Oh it doesn't matter", said Anna, who is very calm and considers my boo-boo all a part of the process. If I could draw like that I certainly would not want people scribbling all over my work. Anna has coloured some sections of the drawings so you can follow the same colours, or go it alone and pick a flower or a bird and do your own thing.

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Watching beautiful Anna draw. Image by Kat May.


All the drawings are done by Anna in black pens onto a white blank background. To colour you choose a special marker pen that is not a texta but a poster paint in a texta shaped pen. It was lots of fun. Anna is happy to talk to you about how she is doing her work by freehand and with the aid of an overhead projector for the larger animals and creatures in a garden and skyscape scene.

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The blank illustrations are wating for people to visit this unique exhibition. Image by Kat May.


One wall is covered with a series of smaller canvases which will be for sale. If you buy a small section of the mural you go in the draw to win some Farrago Bingo prizes.

The Farrago exhibition will be having an opening night on Thursday 1st March at 7.30 at 6pm. Anna seems a little worried that no-one is going to turn up, so if you are free do go along to see this unusual wonderland mural project come to life. Or pop in anytime on the times below. Afterwards at 7.30pm, there will be an opening of the Diverse Screens with a panel discussion with diverse artists and filmmakers.
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Why? For something different and fun.
When: Tuesday- Friday 9-5pm and selected nights during Fringe 2018
Phone: 8212 4276
Where: Nexus Arts- the gallery is down the stairwell behind the main building.
Cost: Free
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