Leah Stevenson of Lasting Impressions, Grafton, searches for inspiration for the final touches on her entry into this year?s ex
Leah Stevenson of Lasting Impressions, Grafton, searches for inspiration for the final touches on her entry into this year?s ex

Exhibition of excellence set for opening splash



THE 2006 Exhibition of Excellence in Grafton, an annual art show, promises a plethora of the unique and eclectic, but most importantly, original creations.

Features include work from renowned artist Graeme Payne, exotic hand-made boxes from Bruce Haggie and a wooden sculpture made from ancient wood by Rod Zietsch.

"My sculpture is called the Siren of the Cedars and was carved out of a buttress root, which is an ancient tree," said Mr Zietsch, a professional woodworker.

"I stumbled on the wood and have had it for the last few years. The idea behind it is like the old story of the sirens of the sea but not as sinister."

Another exhibitor is Leah Stevenson, an award-winning dress designer and owner of Lasting Impressions Boutique in Grafton. She will feature a gown at the exhibition.

Organiser and Clarence Valley councillor Shirley Adams, of Grafton, is impressed by the growing numbers of involved people.

"The exhibition has grown in popularity year after year. It now attracts both exhibitors and visitors from throughout New South Wales and southern Queensland," she said.

The exhibition opens on Sunday and will run until Australia Day. It will be in the Grafton Civic Centre, 9am-4pm. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Proceeds go to the Clarence Valley Palliative Care and Alumny Creek School Museum.



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