Yamba artist Bob Earle and The Chapel Art Gallery curator Sandy Penrith.
Yamba artist Bob Earle and The Chapel Art Gallery curator Sandy Penrith.

Chapel Art Gallery a popular place

THE Chapel Art Gallery in Yamba reopened on Thursday night to a full house of local art lovers.

The Grafton Artsfest-presented exhibition features the works of prominent Clarence Valley artists including Lyn Butchart, Yvonne Beard, Bruce Griffiths, Julie Hunter and Alan Williams, to name just a few.

Curator Sandy Penrith said that Yamba was more than ready to play host to the talent that flourished in our area. The gallery would provide a vital stop on the tourist map.

“The gallery will focus on local artists that paint local artwork and will provide tourists with memorabilia from our area,” Sandy said.

On the first day of public exhibition, 20 people visited the gallery in the first hour of opening.

“One lady had commented that the gallery was ‘uncomplicated’ and she could get right off the bus in front of the chapel to visit us,” Sandy said.

The exhibition will run for 10 days from 10am until 5pm daily. Local artists will feature in the future. An artist of the month will be chosen.

The gallery is making use of its Star of the Sea accommodation, with the first of its art workshops to run June 26-30 with renowned artists Joseph Zbukvic and Herman Pekel.



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