RETRACING MEMORY: Wendy Stokes' Retracing Giverny, panel 3, part of the new solo exhibition by the North Coast artist.
RETRACING MEMORY: Wendy Stokes' Retracing Giverny, panel 3, part of the new solo exhibition by the North Coast artist.

Last cheers: Final opening for 2016

COME along to help the gallery celebrate Christmas cheer at the opening at 5.30pm this Friday with the opening of our new summer exhibitions. Clarence Valley Mayor, Jim Simmons, is to officially open this great array of exhibitions.

The seven artists who presented work in our first Bridges exhibition are our guests for the evening as are representatives from Roads and Maritime Services.

John van der Kolk has created a sculpture called Crossing, Malcolm King has printed two posters and a t-shirt on the Lawrence and Harwood bridges, Robyn Sweaney has drawn and photographed the houses and their interiors, Robyn Tychsen has painted the east view of Harwood Bridge while Stacey Conridge has captured the Lawrence and Tabulam bridges, Curt Edwards has painted the east view of the Grafton Bridge and Simon Hughes has photographed the Grafton houses being moved to make way for the new bridge.

One of the North Coast's major artists, Wendy Stokes, will be here for the opening of her solo exhibition, Retracing Memory.

Our floral theme continues with the second in a series of exhibitions selected from our collection.

Flowers presents paintings and drawings by Gladys O'Grady, a complement to her sister's work in the first Flowers exhibition, which continues to be on display. The Grafton Art Club has joined in the floral celebration with their Summer Flowers exhibition in the studio.

The Friends of the Gallery group is to run a pay bar, the gallery will provide the nibbles and our musicians Marty Williams and Mick Carr are providing the musical entertainment.

Everyone is welcome to come to this free event.

Art at Cowper

The Cowper Art Gallery has its annual exhibition, Collectables 2016, on show. It features work by artists and contemporary craftspeople from the Clarence Valley and includes paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, collage, textiles and mixed media. The gallery opening hours vary a bit so check out its website for details. The five workshops on offer next year include shibori and indigo dying, lino block printing, stitching and bookmaking.

Uralla art exhibition

Entries for the 40th Anniversary Art Exhibition are being called for by the Uralla Rotary Club. There are prizes for old and young artists and a pick-up and delivery service from Glen Innes. Contact Peter Phillips on o412 615 183 or Facebook Uralla Rotary Club. Entries close March 3, 2017.

Call for printmakers

The Print Council of Australia is calling for entries in the PCA Print Commission 2017. Artists are invited to submit digital images of recent work for selection to create a new print edition for the 2017 print commission.

The invited judges, Burnie Regional Gallery director Geoffrey Dobson and artist Jennifer Marshall will shortlist the applications, which are due on March 31. The shortlisted printmakers will then provide a working drawing of a new print edition. From this list of proposed prints the judges select a final list of 10 artists.

The artists are commissioned by PCA to print a limited edition print on 50 sheets of Canson paper and paid a fee. Contact the Australian Print Council for details.

Arts in mind

Our program for people with dementia and their carers, Arts in Mind, has a Christmas theme on Tuesday from 10am. After coffee and cake at our café and an introduction to The Bridges exhibition Santa is turning up to spread some seasonal cheers.

Gallery shop

Beautiful unique works of art and produce are available at the gallery's shop. Handmade jewellery, leatherwork and ceramics are the main features in the crafts.

Illustrated books, handmade scented candles, honey and oils, hand-dyed scarves and pewter cutlery complement them.

Enjoy browsing these special items where you are bound to find that unique Christmas gift. The Grafton Regional Gallery shop is open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

The Grafton Regional Gallery is a cultural service of the Clarence Valley Council. The gallery is located at 158 Fitzroy St, Grafton and is open from 10am-4pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Entry is by gold coin donation.



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