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An “irreplaceable” artist and teacher

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Sarah Peckham was an integral part of the arts scene across Moorabool Shire. Photo - supplied

By Meg Kennedy

The Moorabool art community is mourning the death of Ballan artist and Wombat Regional Arts Network (WRAN) member Sarah Peckham.

Photo – Supplied

Ms Peckham passed away on Monday, 16 September.

She contributed greatly to the arts scene across Moorabool for a number of years, formerly serving as Secretary for WRAN, helped organise community events such as the ‘Black Nite, Black Lite’ and ‘WinterKnits’ winter art events, the annual Art Show at Ballan Autumn Festival, Moorabool Open Studios, and regularly held art workshops throughout the Shire.

WRAN members said in a statement that Ms Peckham “made the world a better place.”

“Sarah Peckham has been an integral part of most creative and artistic endeavours in the Moorabool Shire for many years,” said the statement.

“Sarah Peckham has been an integral part of most creative and artistic endeavours in the Moorabool Shire for many years.”

“From hanging artworks for the Ballan Art Show to making hay bale people, coordinating the Ballan Arts Project and serving as secretary for Wombat Regional Art Network, Sarah was always full of enthusiasm not only for her own great ideas, but helped many other people realise theirs.

“Sarah’s energy, drive, humour, and talents have been lost to us.

“Some people really are irreplaceable…our community is diminished by her death.”

A wake for Ms Peckham will be held at the Wallace Hotel on Monday, 30 September from 2pm until 5pm.

Attendees are encouraged to wear bright colours.