Artist leaves lasting legacy in Silver City

Artist Geoff De Main is leaving behind one final gift for the Silver City before he pulls up roots and moves away.

De Main is currently repainting and repairing his mural on the Centre for Community in Beryl Street, which was first painted some 16 years ago in 2002.

“The murals were funded as part of a grant from the Year of the Outback, organised by Rotary and the Centre for Community,” Mr De Main said.

“There’s 14 murals in all painted over a period of about six months, spanning something like 75 metres,” he said.

“Every picture is to do with different groups of volunteers in town, different aspects of the community, like the people who work at Lifeline, St Vinnies, Meals on Wheels, and also characters of the town like Laurie White who used to do the karaoke at the Musos.”

Mr De Main has spent the last week touching up the murals and repairing cracks in the facade, and anticipates about another week of work.

He said the sun fades the murals a lot, but luckily the murals on the centre face south-east so they haven’t been badly affected.

Anyone interested is encouraged to come along and ask questions while Mr De Main paints, and even help out.

“A lot of people came and helped me when I first started painting it 16 years ago, and people are welcome to come along and watch now, and if they can paint I can mix up the colour and they can have a go,” Mr De Main said.

“I leave town next month with my wife Adelaide and it’s good to leave something behind, while I take the good memories with me,” he said.

“I’m moving to Launceston in Tasmania, to be closer to our daughter, and also hopefully to carry on with public artworks there.”

Aside from his public murals, Mr De Main has spent the last 33 years in town teaching art part time at TAFE and at the Ivanhoe Correctional Centre, as well as working on his own projects.

He said teaching keeps him in touch with the art world, and helps him meet other like-minded people.

“There’s nothing better than imparting what knowledge you have to someone, it’s a great feeling,” he said.

“But I think I’ve done enough in Broken Hill, now it’s up to other people to continue.”