Artists join forces for a golden event
THE relationship between Lower and Upper Clarence has always been a colourful one historically - this week it is even more so, thanks to a new exhibition.
Residents of the Lower Clarence were among those who made the journey to sunny Grafton on Friday morning to welcome in the latest round of openings at the regional gallery, the big drawcard being the main installation showcasing talented artists from the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association (LCACA).
The association celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, which is something worth highlighting to the whole Clarence Valley, according to gallery director Jude McBean.
"The resilience of the LCACA is a remarkable achievement and, with the Grafton Art Club celebrating 50 years next year, it indicates the depth of arts in the Clarence Valley," she said.
Curator of the exhibition and vice-president of the LCACA, Malcolm King, said it took about six months to put together the display of new works for this special exhibition with the theme Landscapes of the Lower Clarence.
"The aim was to engage with a new audience and broaden our arts agenda. The LCACA has a huge history across many mediums so you will not only see paintings but also textiles, jewellery and pottery," he said.
Mr King said it was also a great opportunity to see the artists' works displayed in a different format.
"It can get overwhelming with all the art on display at Ferry Park Gallery (home of the LCACA) so it's nice to see it in a regional gallery, in a sparser presentation space," he said.
Mr King said 43 artists had produced works for this golden jubilee celebration which included a few Grafton artists.
"It all helps to bring the community together and hopefully attract new members and generate art sales," he said.
Other exhibitions opened on Friday morning included Sensations, an accessible exhibition for the visually impaired featuring braille components created by blind potter Kellie Jones, and an exhibition reflecting on the floods of the Clarence by Seelands-based artist Rochelle Summerfield.
The next exhibition opening features leading indigenous artist Bronwyn Bancroft's Colours of Australia on May 26, National Sorry Day, at 10.30am - followed by an artist's talk. Everyone is welcome to this event.