MEET FAY BOYD
Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School commenced in 2012, when Fay realised that there was a great need for formal art workshops to be continued in the Clarence Valley.
Fay set about engaging the services of well-known professionals in the Art World; those renowned for their beautiful paintings, and more importantly, their ability to pass on knowledge and help develop the talents of their students.
Her ability to spread the good news about the five-day art workshops is awesome, bringing many keen artists, and would-be artists to flock to the valley. The city has become a destination for art learning, and this lifts the quality of art works produced in this area – as well as boosting the local economy hosting the visitors. This small boutique art school attracts artists and tutors from Australia wide and internationally.
Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School has a great reputation; many workshops are fully booked as soon as the information is available. For example, you have to be lucky to book a place in Judith White, Lyn Diefenbach, Amanda Hyatt and Heidi Willis workshops (if they are on the list). These are top art tutors who are booked out wherever they go in Australia.
Fay has a relationship with the Department of Education, wherein she can hire the space in the Grafton High School during the school holidays. With a team of volunteers, Fay supervises the protection of classroom floors and desks as well as provision of refreshments and lunches for the hard working art-students and tutors. The amount of work in the organisation and running of the art-school is tremendous, however, Fay has her finger on the pulse the whole time, and with faithful helpers has managed, until recently, to run two art-school events per year.
Unfortunately, when Fay lost her partner in life, running two events a year was too much. However, the visiting Art tutors, and the students, pleaded to have the school organised at least once a year. Fay has battled on, and still amazes everyone with her ability to find more wonderful tutors each year for those seeking an art boost.
Fay is a true art lover, and supports all other art activities in the community. For instance she regularly supports the Grafton High School ‘Go-Art’ Exhibition with advice and sponsorship; also supporting Grafton Regional Gallery’s exhibitions, as well as shows by the many artists of the Clarence River Valley.
As a professional artist I truly appreciate Fay’s contribution to the Fine Arts here in this community. It is very refreshing to go and work with a visiting artist, to throw yourself into the deep end in some method or material you have never used, and face a creative challenge. So I sincerely hope that all participants in the 2017 classes enjoy their workshops, and if we are lucky enough, can anticipate many interesting classes for 2018.
Thank you, Fay