Gemini pictured with The Gypsy Artist's and Their Nimbin Laneway Mural. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Gemini pictured with The Gypsy Artist's and Their Nimbin Laneway Mural. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

Artist returns to touch up Nimbin’s murals

IT WASN'T planned but after a decade away, artist Jeudi Croker has returned to the region, picking up the paintbrush to touch up the faded murals she left on the walls of the Nimbin Museum in 2004.

"Ten years ago this month my three artist friends and I were travelling, picking fruit, and we called into Nimbin and we decided to come and do some artwork," she said.

At first the managers of the Nimbin Museum, Elspeth Jones and Michael Balderstone, were a little dubious about Ms Croker's request to paint the wall.

"When they saw that we brought all our own paints and that we put our time in voluntarily, then they got us scaffolding and really started supporting us to do it," she said.

For a decade the murals have remained on the wall, welcoming visitors and setting the tone for the rest of the town.

With rainbow-coloured butterflies, a blue-eyed sun goddess, green vines and whitewashed water, a serene moon face and interwoven words of wisdom, it's hard to imagine such an alleyway existing anywhere else in the world.

Museum manager Elspeth Jones said the alleyway had become a popular place for people to relax and look at the murals.

"When people want to put something down it's fantastic, it means they like the place enough to want to do something," she said.

Ms Croker, who is based in Airlie Beach, said it was good to be able to "give back" to the Nimbin community.



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