Stacey Beech, of Grafton, at the official opening of the Ken Done Exhibition.
Stacey Beech, of Grafton, at the official opening of the Ken Done Exhibition.

Done's memories of the rollie Dex

KEN Done admitted he was a fan of The Daily Examiner when he lived in Maclean during his formative years, but not because he looked forward to reading it.

“I remember smoking The Daily Examiner when I was a kid,” he told an amused crowd of around 100 at his exhibition opening at the Grafton Regional Gallery on Friday night.

“I had no concept of what smoking was, neither did my mates. We wound it nice and tightly and lit it up but we didn’t drawback. We also smoked the Maclean Advocate but that was never quite as stylish as The Daily Examiner. It was the Benson & Hedges of newspapers,” he joked.

Happy childhood memories is one reason Ken said he enjoys coming back to the Clarence Valley and of course he couldn’t miss opening his own exhibition which features a selection of prints from the complete collection he donated to the gallery in 2008.

“This is a great area for art,” he said. “I’ve just seen the Ulmarra kids’ exhibition here. It’s wonderful.”



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