Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Sharpe Start to Gallery's 2016 Program

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Sharpe Start to Gallery's 2016 Program

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Byline: Jude McBean Director Grafton Regional Gallery

THE gallery will hold its first official opening for 2016 on Friday night.

Four new exhibitions will open with a special guest appearance by major Australian artist Wendy Sharpe and the swing music of jazz band Swag Manouche.

The Friends of the Gallery will be running a pay bar and complimentary nibbles are on offer at this free event. Everyone is welcome. Bookings are appreciated for catering purposes.

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia's best known and loved artists. As well as officially opening the new exhibitions at the gallery Wendy will be presenting a floor talk that evening.

Cr Sue Hughes is the Master of Ceremonies and the fun starts at 5.30pm this Friday (Feburary 12) at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

This suite of exhibitions is the first of two series that celebrate the activities of women artists in the past and in the present.

Photography meets Feminism: Australian woman photographers 1970s-80s is our major touring exhibition from the Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne.

Sparkling jewels will be showcased in Jewellery of the Clarence Valley curated by Bree Hiatt. La Femina is a selection of work by national women artists held in our collection.

Our collection exhibition at the Sir Earle Page Library and Education Centre celebrates female artists of our region.

Clarence Jewellery

The diversity of jewellery throughout the different eras in history is found in the fabulous display in our Loft Gallery. The jewellery which is held in public and private collections in the Clarence Valley showcases an amazing array of materials and techniques and reveals many stories. The stories include who wore them, how they received them, the fashion of the times and the history of the time they were made.

The materials include pearls, jet, coral, amber, gold, silver, diamonds, mother of pearl and gemstones of all colours presented as brooches, necklaces, tiaras, bangles, earrings, cufflinks, hat pins and tie pins. The fine and costume jewellery display includes a selection of jewellery boxes and containers and photographs of people wearing the jewels.

One item of interest is the oval brooch featuring a bark painting by Doris O'Grady. It was donated by long term gallery supporter Heather Roland in 2012 and is one of the few items of jewellery held in the gallery's collection. The gold filigree brooch gives an insight into the range of work by Doris O'Grady and compliments our major collection of her watercolours. …

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