Tour of duty inspires artwork
MOST locals would be familiar with the works of local artist Ross Coulter.
His quirky visitor maps and signs in the tourist information centre at Ross Creek, Beaman Park and Emu Park have been directing visitors for years, with a new sign to be installed at Emu Park to meet the changes in the growing community.
Ross's death earlier this year shocked the Emu Park community who had great respect for the tireless supporter of the local community and the arts.
He was instrumental in building up the popular Oktoberfest festival and the gallery and led the way for many to join the Emu Park Lions Club, now one of the most significant community groups in the region.
"He did recruit a lot of people back into Lions," his wife Kate said.
"They were down to only four members."
Kate married the budding artist in 1969 just after his return from service in Vietnam.
Ross was involved in the Battle of Coral fought near Bien Hoa, one of the most significant events of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.
"I noticed vast changes in him after that," said Kate.
After returning from service Ross began a career as a high school art teacher, following his passion for the arts.
He produced a body of work with great diversity.
On Sunday, March 18, The Gallery at Emu Park will present a selection of his work from 2.30pm.
The exhibition features paintings and drawings from a six-week journey Ross took in 2003 to visit WWI battlefields in France and Belgium.
It also includes works from Ross's time in Vietnam when he was only 19 years of age.