Current Exhibition

Bev Dowd-Skyward

MEAC Artists will exhibit the works that they have created during the year. This will include drawings, paintings and ceramics by all members of the group, including leaders


Upcoming Exhibition

Friends of Sam

September 19th

This exhibit is an eclectic range of work from the many talented members of the Shepparton Art Museum.

MEAC Artisits

October 29th

MEAC Artists will exhibit the works that they have created during the year. This will include drawings, paintings and ceramics by all members of the group, including leaders.

Past Exhibition

Bev Dowd-Skyward

August 15th

Oil, acrylic and ink artworks. This exhibition refers not only to the literal flight of birds but also to thoughts and ideas which can and do fly free. Bev is known for the delicate whimsy in her work.

Art of Empowerment

Opening July 29th at 5pm

This exhibition, organised and curated by Dylan McIntosh from Aged and Disability Services, Greater Shepparton City Council will showcase the artworks produced by a group of artists who have been working with Dylan at SAM.

Article by By Hayden Thomson - Shepparton News
Article by By Hayden Thomson - Shepparton News
Esther Costa


We use a mirror to see our face. We use works of art to see our soul.
George Bernard Shaw.

For the first ten years of her life, Esther lived in Cheshire, a settled and happy family life. One of her early experiences of looking at art occurred when her father took her to a gallery and she realised that what appeared to be a blob close up, was an actual ”thing” when viewed at a distance.

Along with her parents and siblings, she migrated to Australia in 1964. Her father ran a small pig farm in Shepparton and she attended High School there. This was not an easy time for Esther as her accent labelled her as ”different” and she had problems with acceptance and forming friendships.

Although Esther had loved drawing from a very early age, she chose not to select art as a VCE subject as she was deter.mined to become a nurse and needed other subjects to qualify for her course. She nursed for two years before marriage and babies took over her life. During that time Esther did occasional drawing and painting whilst holding down a cleaning job and raising her children.

In 1996, Esther attended PACE college and learned how to paint with oils with Jean Vistarini, a well respected painter and teacher in Shepparton. Jean taught her to paint realistically using scale, depth and colour.

Her art practice intensified when she began attending Dynamic Drawing sessions at Byron Bay with Ron Curran as facilitator. Here she learnt to lose her fear of imperfection and began to loosen her marks on paper.

In portraiture, Esther feels that the way the subject is painted reflects the emotional state of the artist as well as the subject. Choices of paint application, colour and background come from the artist and contribute greatly to the emotional feeling of the work.

Contemporary art also interests Esther. Recent works, exhibited with Splinter Contemporary artists, of which she is a member have a conceptual meaning and have been sculptural as well as painterly.

Esther currently lives in Toolamba with her husband Rocky.