Coraki Art Prize judges struggling

JUDGES face a tough choice for this year's Coraki Art Prize with a large number of high quality entries received.

Prize Committee President Melva Thompson said opening night, at Coraki Conference Centre, 7pm tomorrow, would thrill art lovers.

"There's definitely a buzz around town about it," she said.

"The painting in particular is outstanding but, overall, the entries are very good.

"We have found that we receive a lot of entries from artists studying at Southern Cross University."

One of those is visual arts honours student Susie Marcroft, of Kyogle, who has submitted clay sculptures.

"I have worked as a graphic designer and a fashion designer so this is my third life," Ms Marcroft said.

"I got to the stage where I really needed to get my body and hands into something besides the computer."

Mrs Thompson said opening night would include a performance by North Coast-based singer, guitarist and songwriter Jamie Lockhart who has toured nationally and internationally.

Entry is $15 and includes the prize presentation, art exhibition, light supper, two free drinks and music.

The exhibition will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, October 25 and 10am to 3.30pm on Sunday, October 26.

It will be held at both Coraki Conference Centre and Brandon Hall.

Mrs Thompson suggested bringing a picnic to have by the picturesque river in the main street of Coraki before or after visiting the show.

Lunches are also available at the Coraki Hotel in Richmond Terrace where the Wilsons and Richmond Rivers meet.

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