ON SHOW: Iluka artists Maxwell and Zephyr Skipper with some of the artworks that will be exhibited at the upcoming Iluka Emporium Youth Arts Collective exhibition.
ON SHOW: Iluka artists Maxwell and Zephyr Skipper with some of the artworks that will be exhibited at the upcoming Iluka Emporium Youth Arts Collective exhibition. Debrah Novak

Local artists the centrepiece in Iluka exhibition

MAXWELL Skipper has never curated an art exhibition before, but when the opportunity arose he saw the chance to display some of the best creations the youth of the Clarence Valley has to offer.

"Annie Roberts from the emporium said there was a space open and asked if I'd like to do something, and after some encouragement from my parents I said I'd do it," he said.

"It's an exercise of organisation and a good thing to put on my resume and boost my skill set.

"Sometimes it's been a bit of a headache, but it's really fun in the end."

The theme of the exhibition at Iluka Emporium is young artists who have an influence on the Clarence Valley, and features visual art, spoken word and performance pieces and will be on display until the end of February.

Maxwell said the exhibition was an opportunity for the creative talent of young people in the Clarence Valley to shine.

"There's not really many spaces for young artists to establish themselves and get some exposure," he said.

"There's a couple of exhibitions that have young people displaying their art around the valley, and I thought one more couldn't hurt."

The exhibition will open on Saturday from noon onwards with short films, book readings and live music, plus more entertainment.

Local artists who will be on display at Iluka Emporium include Tayla Andersen, Ashley Pilcher, Gabrielle Ohelmann, Declan Hickey, Damon Tyrie and Zephyr Skipper.

Maxwell said he was excited to be able to feature Gabrielle Ohelmann reading from her Extension Two English project, which earned top marks in the 2015 HSC.

"People may have read that she got a great score, but not actually get to experience how good it is," he said.

The exhibition will open on Saturday February 13 at Iluka Emporium, 61 Charles St Iluka.

Maxwell is no stranger to the performing arts, with the local actor, singer and guitarist starring in a number of lead roles in Maclean High productions.



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