Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Busy Times for Gallery; Grafton Regional Gallery Jude McBean

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Busy Times for Gallery; Grafton Regional Gallery Jude McBean

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FIVE exhibitions open next week at the Grafton Regional Gallery. Two will be in Prentice House from Tuesday. The remaining three open from Wednesday. The official opening is 10am Saturday, May 18. The public is welcome at this free event.

Celebrations start at 10am with a floor talk by artists Margaret Hodgson OAM and Kathleen Davies about their exhibition Bush Gems. This will be followed at 10.30am by a curator and artistCOs talk presented by the Grafton Art Club Life Drawing Class. At 11am morning tea will be served, followed by the official opening.

Grafton Regional Gallery Advisory Committee chair Marlene Szepsy will officially open the new exhibitions, which includes our major exhibition JAS: The Founding Collection which celebrates the 25 years of the gallery.

At 11.30am a floor talk about the Jacaranda Art Society is being presented by curator Angela de Martino Rosaroll, in conversation with artist and former JAS member Pam Fysh. As the society was surrounded by controversy throughout its history from 1961 to 1987, this will be an interesting conversation. The controversy, tracked through articles and letters to the editor in The Daily Examiner, centres on the acquisition of modern, or indeed any, artwork for the JAS collection. Please join us for this great series of talks next Saturday.

25 Years of the Grafton Regional Gallery

To celebrate the 25th year of the Grafton Regional Gallery the Jacaranda Art Society collection is being presented in our main gallery as JAS: The Founding Collection. This is the first time the collection has been presented in its entirety.

The collection is a tribute to the community of the Clarence Valley who supported the Jacaranda Art Prize and the activities of the Jacaranda Art Society from 1961 through to 1987. The art society was formed by people who wished to bring contemporary art into their community, to make it accessible to everyone. The society conducted fundraisers and gained support from local businesses and patrons to present an annual exhibition during the Jacaranda Festival.

The first prize, one of the best in regional Australia, attracted many artists. The prize was enhanced by the quality and variety of judges who were invited to choose a winner and recommend further acquisitions, if funds permitted.

Over the past seven years the gallery has been restoring many of the paintings, and their frames. The collection is now in near-pristine condition. One of the most interesting stories in terms of restoring the artworks surrounds the drawing At the Races by Anne Marie Graham.

At the Races was drawn in 1976 when the first art line pens became available that would draw an even black line continuously. The pens seem every-day now, yet in the 1970s they were a technological breakthrough that allowed artists to draw in a new way. …

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