SEVEN artists are painting stainless steel refrigerator doors for an art exhibition celebrating the 70th anniversary of manufacturing at the Electrolux plant in Orange this month.
Loretta Blake, Ted Lewis and Eris Fleming, who all come from the Orange and Cabonne regions, are among the artists who have approached the challenge of painting the doors from Electrolux’s premium range.
“It’s a stainless steel fridge door and it’s just been too freezing, it’s just been too cold to paint. I have done my painting but have to do a seal ... the sealer has to be 20 degrees, I’ve even been using my hairdryer,” Mrs Blake said.
Sydney artists Peter Griffen, Ian Chapman and Denis Clarke, as well as Blue Mountains artist Gabrielle Jones, are also painting a door each to be auctioned to raise money for the Orange Regional Museum in September.
Orange Regional Museum fund campaign director Andrew Baulch said Electrolux had been a big supporter of the museum being built on the corner of Byng and Peisley Streets and, along with donating the proceeds of the fridge art auction, the company had given them access to items from its history, back to when it was a wartime munitions factory.
Electrolux contractor and compliance supervisor Ron Finch who is organising the exhibition said there are three art components in the anniversary that starts on August 21 and will finish with a gala ball at the Orange Function Centre on August 29.
He said the first part involves the guest artists whose painted fridge doors will be displayed in the Skill Centre in Edward Street right through the celebration period.
“The second part is we’ve involved secondary school art students to paint a fridge door, it’s to coincide with the run out of our top mount 420 model so there’s 49 sets of doors being donated to the secondary schools, Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange Anglican Grammar School, Orange High School, James Sheahan Catholic High School and Canobolas Rural Technology High School,” Mr Finch said.
The third component involves artists from Colour City Creatives making artworks with an Electrolux theme and incorporating products such as copper wiring.
The students work can be viewed between August 21 and 24 and the Colour City Creatives works will be exhibited from August 26 to 29.