Learning the finer points at Artsfest
By Adrian Miller
Grafton's Autumn Artsfest began yesterday with world renowned artists tutoring students in various forms of art.
More than 200 students from all over Australia ? and one from New Zealand ? have flocked to Grafton to learn the finer points of their craft.
Grafton Artsfest Inc president, Fay Boyd, said the students would receive tutelage from some of the finest artists in their respective fields in the world.
"I hate to single out any particular tutor, but we are so humbled and proud to have Robert Wade OAM here to teach," Ms Boyd said.
"He is an icon of watercolour artists in Australia."
Ms Boyd said Artsfest proved popular not just because of the quality of tutors it attracted, but because of the whole experience it provided.
"I think it's so successful because our charter is to provide a cultural experience, a learning event, a whole ambience of culture supported by concerts and exhibitions, so it's a total cultural experience," she said.
Ms Boyd said Grafton was perfectly suited to host such an event because of its beautiful landscape and the support provided by the Regional Gallery.
Ms Boyd said Artsfest would feature again this year, with the Grafton International Artsfest to be held in September.
It will feature 57 six-day workshops, and will bring overseas tu- tors to Grafton for the first time.