WHILE it's still not so soggy so come along tonight and see array of exciting exhibitions open as the Gallery kicks off its calendar year for 2015.
The official opening starts 5:30pm and five new exhibitions will be opened in a social atmosphere including complimentary nibbles and the Friends of the Gallery will be operating a pay bar.
Exhibitions opening tonight include:
Traversing Antarctica: The Australian Experience; Collecting Regional Culture II; Charles Condor: The Lithographs; Abstract Wonder - SCU Graduating Students; and Grafton Art Club: Summer in the Clarence are on the line up for this for the new year.
Traversing Antarctica: The Australian Experience is a rare collection of Antarctic artefacts from the Western Australia Museum on tour to celebrate Australia's connection with the icy continent.
Charles Conder: The Lithographs reflect the artist's panache and show the imaginative style that made Condor a notable artist of his era. These fine lithographs are on tour from the Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Conder drew his subjects from idealised memories of his social life, tales from Balzac and the bohemian tales of Henri Merger.
Collecting Regional Culture II Part two of our regions artistic history is also on display. This second exhibition in the series that showcases a selection of artworks from the regional collection acquired since 2004. One of the highlights is the series of photographs of houses built in the 1950s, 60s and 70s taken by Simon Hughes.
Abstract Wonder - SCU Graduating Students is a dynamic exhibition of abstract art created by 2014 graduate students from Southern Cross University. The exhibition is more of an installation and is presented by three graduating students of our closest university, Dan McDonnell, Giovanna Field and Kathryn Dolby.
Summer in the Clarence features the work of Grafton Art Club members. The vitality of this long standing organisation is expressed in the display as well as their innate knowledge of summer in the Clarence Valley.