COOLANGATTA artist Shelena Russell and former Murwillumbah lad Warren Thomson with the painting of the old Murwillubmah bridge. Photo: Supplied
COOLANGATTA artist Shelena Russell and former Murwillumbah lad Warren Thomson with the painting of the old Murwillubmah bridge. Photo: Supplied

Painting a bridge to uncover past

A FORMER Murwillumbah man who wanted to rekindle fond childhood memories of the town has had a Coolangatta artist paint a picture of the old lift-span bridge across the Tweed River.

The painting which features Mt Warning in the background has now been finished and the artist is offering extra prints of it for sale.

Warren Thomson who was born at the old Sunnyside hospital in Murwillumbah and now lives in Mermaid Beach, on the Gold Coast, commissioned the painting of the old bridge.
 
The painting’s perspective is as viewed from Sunnyside – the site of the former maternity hospital.

The old wood and steel bridge was built in 1901 and replaced the river ferries of the day.

The current bridge, which replaced it, was opened in late 1968 at a cost of $500,000.

“Fond memories exploring the river as a child fuelled my desire to have the thoughts placed on canvas,” said Mr Thomson.

“Murwillumbah and the Tweed River are rich in history, character and spirit.

“I wanted the painting to depict my memories of the region through the use of vibrant colours in an original artwork”.

The title of the painting – Appreciate the Past to Perceive the Future - encompasses all of these aspects of the river, past, present and future.

The painting was completed by renowned Gold Coast artist Shelena Russell at her Coolangatta gallery.

Prints are available from Shelena or her partner Warren Kibblewhite by contacting them on phone: (07) 5536 6559 or Email: info@shelenarussell.com.

The website is www.shelenarussell.com.



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