Annual art exhibition known for excellence

By JULIA ILES

THE art items being showcased at the 2006 Exhibition of Excellence in Grafton are exhilaratingly original.

With an array that extends from surrealism to embroidery, visitors are sure to be surprised and delighted.

Some features include a French polished Tasmanian myrtle halfround table by Goonellabah woodworker Nicholas Contojohn, intricate needlepoint lace by Grafton's Joy Hagans and an enchanting buttress root carving called Siren of the Cedars, by Rod Zietsch, of Nymboida.

"This is about giving artists with fantastic skills an opportunity to show other people what they can do," organiser and Clarence Valley councillor Shirley Adams said.

"Often artists live in their own little world and this is a way they can let people into their world.

"A range of rare wood carvings are on display which include snakewood and pink ivory, a South African timber.

"This is the 16th year the exhibition has happened and we always attract a lot of different types of people including international tourists and travellers," she said.

"Last year we sold a backpacker and his wife a beautiful wood carving, and the President of Ireland was also presented with one of the pieces."

The exhibition will finish on Australia Day. It is open from 9am to 4pm, at the Grafton Civic Centre in Prince Street.



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