Do you love art or being creative?
Meet Dorina Petre, Link Housing social housing resident and expert artist who volunteers her artistic skills by running art classes for Link Housing residents in North Ryde.
Highlighting the importance of safe, secure and affordable housing, No Place Like Home is now in its 5th year, and attracts submissions from residents, community members and artists of all skill levels.
This year’s art exhibition is moving online for the safety of our community. The exhibition is free to enter and open to the public. Submissions are required to reflect the theme: No Place Like Home.
Continue reading about Dorina below.
After growing up in Transylvania, Romania, Dorina arrived to Australia
in 1992 for a holiday to visit family and was encouraged to make a new life across the world. To settle into her new life, Dorina began to learn English and continued her love for painting portraits and landscapes with watercolours.
Dorina is a strong believer that art is good for people, giving them the confidence to express their talents.
She runs her Link Housing art classes in a fun and relaxing environment, and each week has seen student numbers grow, noticing how the classes create new friendships at her housing complex.
“I enjoy running these art classes as it helps the wellbeing of those attending and gives them an opportunity to connect with others. Not everyone is comfortable with making the first step in forming social interactions. As an artist, I get a great deal of joy from these classes, as they are a way for me to express myself through art in the local community.”Dorina
Dorina is a member of the Lane Cove Art Society and also volunteers her art skills with a local organisation in Ryde.
An inspiration to her students, Link Housing staff and all who know her – Dorina was also recently featured in the Northern District Times. Read the article here: ‘Art therapy reduces anxiety during uncertain times‘.