Mother and daughter artists Maggie and Katie Cross prepare for their exhibition opening in Ballina.
Mother and daughter artists Maggie and Katie Cross prepare for their exhibition opening in Ballina. Jay Cronan

Mother-daughter art show

ARTWORKS describing a personal sense of place, but in two different perspectives, are to be exhibited by a Ballina mother and her Lismore daughter.

Maggie Cross, a retired visual arts teacher, usually paints in acrylics on canvas; but a year ago held a successful solo exhibition of drawings and paintings at a Brisbane gallery and quickly sold an entire collection of charcoal drawings.

"That prompted me to do another series to exhibit in my home town," Ms Cross told The Northern Star.

"I've always loved the simplicity of black and white images, and charcoal is a great medium to manipulate.

"In this exhibition I'll be showing about 30 drawings of my local geographic landscape."

Maggie's daughter Katie Cross was born and bred in Lismore, gained a Visual Arts degree at Southern Cross University and after three years working in Brisbane, returned to do her Honours year in visual arts. Katie's contribution to the exhibition also examines the nature of "place", but her works, on hand-made paper, explore her personal sense of place - her own identity as she finds it in books.

The exhibition goes from today until March 4 at the Ballina Community Art Gallery in Cherry St. The official opening is today from 6-8pm.



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