Lovedale artist Michele Heibel among 200 artists supporting Art For Bales campaign for Rural Aid

SUPPORTING FARMERS: Lovedale artist Michèle Heibel with her work that will be sold for drought relief. Picture: Nicole Spears
SUPPORTING FARMERS: Lovedale artist Michèle Heibel with her work that will be sold for drought relief. Picture: Nicole Spears

Michèle Heibel says there are many causes artists can support emotionally by spreading a message, but only rarely can they put their money where their mouth is.

However, that's what the Lovedale artist - and about 200 others - are doing this weekend by participating in the Art For Bales drought relief campaign, which will be conducted via Instagram.

Art For Bales is the brainchild of artists Kate Pittas and Andrea Hamann, and raised $77,000 for Rural Aid last year.

With NSW now 100 percent in drought, and farmers needing more support than ever, they have decided to run the campaign once again.

Heibel - who took out the miniature section at Kurri Kurri's Town of Murals Art Show last week - created a work called Children of the Drought especially for Art For Bales 2019.

"I decided to take part in the initiative because my heart just breaks for the farmers suffering through drought," she said.

"They are forgotten heroes who have jobs that can't just be put on hold for a holiday or health, who often witness the struggle of living things in their care and work so hard to put food on the tables of the very people that are too busy to pay attention to their plight.

"I lived in a city for many years and looking back I can see my own disconnect from regional Australia at that time.

"Having lived in the Hunter for nearly a decade now I see the irony of Sydney visitors asking to wash their car at ours before they leave because 'it always gets so dusty here'."

ART WITH HEART: Michèle Heibel's miniature titled 'Children of the Drought' will be among the works on offer via @artforbales on Instagram this weekend.

ART WITH HEART: Michèle Heibel's miniature titled 'Children of the Drought' will be among the works on offer via @artforbales on Instagram this weekend.

Heibel said she is grateful to Pittas and Hamann for finding a way for the creative community to help Australian farmers in an "effective and direct" way.

All registered artists will post the artwork they are selling under the hashtag #artforbales2019 on the weekend of October 19 and 20.

Buyers are asked to comment 'sold' on the post or direct message the artist for payment/donation information.

Once it is sold the artist, or the buyer, will donate directly to Rural Aid via their website. Receipts will then be sent to Art For Bales so they can tally the results.

Visit @artforbales on Instagram to find out more.

Meanwhile, Heibel has also been named as one of 36 finalists for the Lyn McCrae Memorial Drawing Prize.

This competition was open to all Australian artists and seeks to highlight excellence in contemporary Australian drawing.

The winner will be announced at the exhibition's opening at Noosa Regional Gallery on November 1.

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