Rona Green’s Shitehawk vs Dirck 'Foo Foo' De Cock, 2015, hand coloured linocut 72 x 108cm. Rona will be in Grafton as part of the upcoming Print Symposium.
Rona Green’s Shitehawk vs Dirck 'Foo Foo' De Cock, 2015, hand coloured linocut 72 x 108cm. Rona will be in Grafton as part of the upcoming Print Symposium.

Auction to farewell postcards this Saturday

THIS Saturday our auctioneer puts all the postcards on The Postcard Show up for their final bid at the Grafton Regional Gallery. Many of the works have bids against them already and at 11am most of the bidders will be on site to ensure they do not get out bid.

Everyone is invited to the auction as bidding is open to all parties. There is a reserve price for each work of $20. This is the perfect opportunity to buy an original artwork at a great price.

Angus McKimm from McKimms Real Estate will be the auctioneer for the first time at this biennial fundraiser for the 2016 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. The Postcard Show offers drawings, paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures from our regional and national artists.

The postcard size artworks are so gorgeous. It is a constant surprise what our artists create for our fundraiser. See you here on Saturday.

Exhibitions Change Over

On Monday our exhibition assistants and changeover volunteers will be busy pulling down our current exhibitions which close at 4pm this Saturday. This means you have three days to catch the Photography Meets Feminism, the History of Jewellery in the Valley and La Femina.

Six new exhibitions are being hung. The first two open at 10am to the public on Tuesday in our Prentice House gallery while the remaining four open from Wednesday.

The first exhibition presents artworks acquired before 2004 into the Lower Clarence Community Collection of Fine Art. This is the first of three exhibitions being presented this year by the gallery to celebrate the jubilee of the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association.

The second exhibition is 50 years of print: PCA Print Collection

Print Symposium

There are still seats available for the inaugural Print Symposium being on Saturday, March 19, from 9am to 2pm. Three of Australia's leading printmakers, Ben Rak, Rona Green and GW Bot will visit Grafton to discuss their printmaking practice. Each speaker will give a formal one hour presentation in the main gallery including question time from the audience.

The symposium focuses on contemporary practices in printmaking and works on paper in Australia today. While there have been many bookings into this exciting event there are still some places available for this headlining event. Contact the gallery to book in. Cost is $45 and payment can be made over the phone.

Official opening

All members of the public are invited to celebrate the opening of our new exhibitions at the official opening at 5.30pm next Friday, March 18. This free event has complimentary nibbles, a pay bar and music by the Bellingen duo, Honey & Knives. Bookings are appreciated for catering purposes.

Clarence Valley Councillor, Sue Hughes, will officially open the new suite of exhibitions. Printmaker Rona Green and Dr Judy Banko are the guest speakers at the opening.

One of Australia's most popular printmakers, Rona Green, is to speak about her exhibition of prints, You Can Dress Them Up But You Can't Take Them Out. Clarence Valley Council social and cultural manager, Judy Banko, will talk about Clarence Valley in Focus, the council's open photographic competition.

Rona Green's exhibition and the PCA Print Collection continue the nationwide celebration of 50-year anniversary of the Print Council of Australia. The PCA prints have been acquired since 1988 into the gallery's print collection through the gallery's membership of the PCA.

Grafton-based artist, Keith Pickard, is presenting Retrospective, a selection of paintings and sculptures created over his artistic life. Keith's works range from realistic to surreal landscapes of urban life.

Contemporary Gallipoli is the major touring exhibition opening at the gallery. The exhibition from the Macquarie University Art Gallery presents contemporary works of Turkish and Australian artists assembled together in an evocative and poetic exhibition.

Yamba Lighthouses

Everyone is invited to the opening Light Up the Darkness, an exhibition of photographs of Australian lighthouses by John Ibbotson at 5.30pm on Thursday, March 17, at the Yamba Museum, River Street, Yamba.

The exhibition, which continues to April 27, is being held to help raise awareness of the mental health support and services in the Lower Clarence.

Regional galleries conference

More than 60 people who work in the regional and public galleries of New South Wales are gathering at the Tweed Regional Gallery on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the future directions of the sector.

This year the conference is titled Reframing the Future and will consider how regional galleries increasingly need to be flexible in their approach. This flexibility is being driven by the impact of shifts in funding sources, changes in entertainment models and artists modes of operating.

Arts in Mind

People who live with dementia and their carers are invited to join an engaging interactive tour of art on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery at 10am this Tuesday (March 15).

The Arts in Mind program operates monthly and aims to connect participants through shared intellectual activity surrounding memory, personal insights and art while enjoying morning tea in the gallery's shady courtyard.

The Dementia Outreach Program is in partnership with Café Connections, North Coast Dementia Outreach Service, Clarence Valley Council and Cranes.

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