ART IN SMOKE: Yamba’s Irons and Craig Cafe owners Antony Perring (left) and David Barnier are calling for entries for their ’Smoke’ themed art exhibition and competition with entries needing to be in by the end of July.
ART IN SMOKE: Yamba’s Irons and Craig Cafe owners Antony Perring (left) and David Barnier are calling for entries for their ’Smoke’ themed art exhibition and competition with entries needing to be in by the end of July. Debrah Novak

Smoke for cash at Irons and Craig Yamba

WHEN Sharon Lehman first moved to the Clarence Valley from out west with her family, she saw smoke coming from a cane field.

"If you live out west you know any smoke is bad," Sharon said.

"We saw the fire and pulled over, but then saw it was a cane fire and there was no panic."

Sharon used that inspiration in her Irons Prize entry, an inaugural art competition hosted by Yamba cafe Irons and Craig.

"When I was in Year 7 my mum came back from parent-teacher night and said, 'your teacher said you've got no talent, but your effort makes it up," she said.

That comment made her step back from art.

"I work at TAFE now. You should never discourage someone's artistic pursuits."

Sharon has started drawing again and her charcoal piece was the first Irons Prize entry.

Irons and Craig co owner Antony Perring said turning their cafe into a gallery space was a great way to involve the community.

"We want a wide range of artists to use the cafe," Antony said. "We thought the best way to do that was to put some cash-money on the line."

The Irons and Craig team set a wide topic, smoke, to give people as much creative freedom as possible.

"We've got no idea how those images or sculptures will turn out," he said.

"We encourage people to think about it laterally and get an entry in."

Irons Prize

The theme is 'smoke'.

Entries due 5pm on Friday, July 31.

Entry is $10. Prize is $1000.

Entries can be in any medium as long as they can hang inside an A4 frame.

For more information and entry forms go to http://www.theironsprize.com, Irons and Craig on Coldstream St Yamba, or phone 6646 1258.



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