Wooli Artshow boost

Wooli Artshow committee members Ruth Boyd and Leone Coper unpacking some of the entries.
Wooli Artshow committee members Ruth Boyd and Leone Coper unpacking some of the entries.

ORGANISERS of the second Wooli Artists Gathering Artshow, to be held this Easter at the Wooli Hotel/Motel, say they are excited to have received an entry from Archibald Prize winner Nicholas Harding.

Harding won the coveted Archibald Prize in 2001 with his portrait of actor and director John Bell.

He has been painting and exhibiting for decades and is no stranger to the Wooli area.

Some of his other works are set in and near Wooli, for example: Near Wooli (1995), Wooli River (Two figures and towel, 2009), and Minnie Water Pandanus (2006).

Show organiser Leone Coper said organisers were thrilled with the Harding entry.

"We are also very pleased that Chris Gulaptis, Member for Clarence, has agreed to open the show and Jude McBean, director of Grafton Regional Gallery, will be judging."

Gaye Shields, a talented artist with Wooli connections, has donated one of her paintings as a raffle prize.

"We are awarding cash prizes this year and as we did last year, we'll donate our profits to the Coastal Communities Protection Alliance-Wooli and the Protect Wooli campaign," Ms Coper said.

Entries are still being accepted, if delivered to the Wooli Hotel between 11am and 4pm on Wednesday. All details and entry forms are available on the website or by email

The opening night cocktail party will be held at the Wooli Hotel/Motel at 6.30pm Friday and the show will continue over Saturday and Sunday.

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