Art expo move a success
By NICOLA PHILLIPS
ART and craft enthusiasts gathered at the weekend for the annual Lower Clarence Art and Crafts Exhibition at the Yamba Public School.
The exhibition, which attracts artists from all over New South Wales, featured photography, craft, art, needle work, wearable art and quilt displays, as well as a fashion parade on Saturday and market stalls on Sunday.
Usually held at the Maclean Showground in September, the Arts and Crafts Association made the decision to move the exhibition to Yamba Public School during the July school holidays in a bid to increase numbers.
LCACA Expo coordinator Christine Snee said: "The move was to give the event a higher profile, we wanted to try something different."
And it appears the move worked, with the number of participating artists and public interest increasing from last year.
Local artist Rhondella Hyde took out first prize in the Open Art competition for her painting 'La Mancha', while Ashlea Glasser, of Grafton High School, was also awarded first prize in the Junior Quilt section. 'Predator' proved a popular exhibition with the crowds, receiving first place in the Any Other Craft Section, which Christine Snee said was 'an amazing metal work sculp- ture of a predator'.