NEW ATTRACTION: In front of the latest Sheffield mural by John Eathorne, entitled Sheffield’s Theatre of the Imagination, at the opening of the new gallery at Fudge ‘n’ Good Coffee are (from left) Balin, 10, Rini, Chris, and Denver Puccetti, 8, with the Christmas fudge available for tasting. Picture: Katrina Dodd.LIVING up to its name as Tasmania’s outdoor art gallery, Sheffield unveiled its newest mural yesterday.
In addition, a gallery at the back of new cafe Fudge ‘n’ Good Coffee cafe was also officially opened.
The mural, which adorns the front of the gallery wall, is entitled Sheffield’s Theatre of the Imagination and features a first for a mural or for a business – a television screen sitting in a cut-out hollow of the wall.
The television will display images and a slide- show of the different art works in the gallery, exhibitions which will change every two weeks.
Cafe staff were dressed in period costume and reflected the Victorian theme of the cafe and the art work found inside.
Cafe and gallery owner Chris Puccetti said supporting local art was important, not only for him but also for the local artists, or “characters”, in the area.
“Arty people are a weird and diverse group of people,” he said.
“Most arty people are nice people and having a place like this just attracts them and I get to meet all those types of people.
“Having the business was an after thought.”
Mr Puccetti and his wife Rini moved to Tasmania from Italy and said they found the scenery at Sheffield breathtaking and inspiring, conducive to artistic works.
“Just waking up next to that mountain. It’s just amazingly beautiful here,” Mr Puccetti said.
Mr Puccetti said art had always been a passion for him, with his background in fashion photography and said being able to express that through his gallery and engage with the local artists helped to focus the reputation of the area.
“I always thought there was an awful lot of art to what I do,” he said.
“It (art) just rubs off on you and gets under your skin.”
Mr Puccetti has taken up his mantle of art enthusiast with gusto, becoming a member of the Kentish Mural Fest Committee and also helping out as part of the school committee.
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