Exhibitions Launched; Grafton Regional Gallery Jude McBean

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Keeping Culture, 2011 by Ethel-anne Gundy.

AN ARTIST talk, a free barbecue lunch, a dance performance, a book launch and a panel discussion form the events of the official opening of two exhibitions at 11.30am on Friday, at the Grafton Regional Gallery. All members of the public are invited to participate. Bookings on 6642 3177 are appreciated for catering.

Roger Duroux, Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr Elder, is performing a Welcome to Country, to launch the events.

Dorrigo-based artist Graham Nudge Blacklock is travelling to Grafton to present an artist talk to his painting in the touring exhibition, 2011 Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize.

The talk is followed by a free barbecue lunch presented by the Friends of the Gallery. During lunch the South Grafton High Indigenous Dance Group will present a suite of their latest dances.

Chris Gulaptis, Member for Clarence, will then officially open the 2011 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize and Dreaming the Past Co the Lindt Story.

The launch of the book Dreaming the Past: The Lindt Story at the Grafton Regional Gallery will commence the panel discussion being held from 1-2pm.

The panel members are philanthropic donors of the Lindt Collection, Sam and Janet Cullen, art historian and Lindt expert Ken Orchard, historian and genealogist Nola Mackey, Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr member of the Lindt Project Group Debby Taylor, and myself. The panel will discuss the outcomes of the Lindt Research Project with the audience.

New exhibitions

FOUR other new exhibitions also open early next week. So visitors have this weekend to catch current exhibitions which have been popular, especially the 66 photographs of houses in the Clarence Valley that were built in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Robyn Tychsen, from the Lower Clarence, is presenting a series of oil paintings of women in their bedrooms in our Prentice West gallery.

The gallery is presenting The Horse: Art and Science to help celebrate the July Racing Carnival. Viewing the horse from artistic and scientific viewpoints reveals some of the many ways horses are part of our society.

Fun for young people and families is to be had in the Loft Gallery exhibition. I spy with my little eye, something beginning with, is a game and the self explanatory title of a selection of artworks from our collection. The aim is to spy things in the artworks.

The Clarence Valley Community of Small Schools is presenting an exhibition in our community exhibition space the studio. …