Local heroes in the picture

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Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
A portrait of a fire fighter.
Camera IconA portrait of a fire fighter. Credit: Graham Smith

Calling all people of Narrogin — do you know someone who’s made an outstanding contribution to life in the town, but has not necessarily been recognised for it?

Cuballing artist Graham Smith is calling for nominations from the public, for his project Unsung Heroes: Revealing the Remarkable in Seemingly Ordinary People which he presented at the inaugural Pitch ‘n’ Plate live crowdfunding event at Narrogin Bowling Club in January.

Smith’s project is about honouring the people who have made contributions to Narrogin by painting their portraits and displaying them in a gallery.

A self-portrait of Cuballing artist Graham Smith.
Camera IconA self-portrait of Cuballing artist Graham Smith.

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Smith, an artist with more than 40 years’ experience, intends to paint oil portraits of at least 10 remarkable locals and exhibit them at the next Pitch ‘n’ Plate event, to be held later this year.

Due to social-distancing guidelines, Smith is hoping people can send photographs to be used as references for the portrait paintings.

With Smith being fairly new to the area, the success of this project relies on residents to help reveal the stories underlying the achievements of our community.

The oil painter said he wanted to see the community nominate each other to give recognition to those who deserve it.

“Real heroes live among us but nominations can also be for people who are now deceased,” he said.

Herman Neeling from Smith's Mens Shed portrait collection.
Camera IconHerman Neeling from Smith's Mens Shed portrait collection. Credit: Pictures: Graham Smith

Smith said he hoped to set up a public gallery dedicated to the unsung heroes and exhibit them to coincide with events such as Thank A Volunteer Day and Australia Day.

Unsung heroes could be part of a service organisation, sporting group, business or any sector of the community.

If you know of someone who fits the bill, email Graham at bluewindfisher@gmail.com along with some background on why your Unsung Hero is ideal for this project.

If possible, also include a photograph or two.

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