Artist/tree one of shows curated by gallery's first director
THE first director of the Grafton Regional Gallery, Julian Faigan, curated an exhibition titled Artist/Tree.
From this exhibition Julian acquired the first artworks for the gallery's new regional collection.
The artists Julian invited to participate were artists who came from or who created artwork about the Clarence Valley.
These artists included David van Nunen, Janice Hunter and Ken Done.
David van Nunen was born in Grafton in 1952.
After graduating from the National Art School in 1974, he held his first solo exhibition and subsequently obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts in 1981.
Ken Done spent four years of his early childhood living in Maclean with his family.
He recalls great adventures in travelling to Yamba to camp above the main beach with his family.
Janice Hunter was also born in Grafton in 1943. As well as working as an artist, Janice teaches and makes dolls.
The regional collection now contains more than 480 artworks that present the visual art history of the Clarence Valley and its immediate regions.