Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Saturday Morning Opening Will Rock; Four New Exhibitions Set for Grafton Regional Gallery

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Saturday Morning Opening Will Rock; Four New Exhibitions Set for Grafton Regional Gallery

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Byline: Jude McBean Director Grafton Regional Gallery

EVERYONE is invited to the opening of our new exhibitions at 11am this Saturday (Feb 11) at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

Four new exhibitions are being officially opened by Clarence Valley councillor Greg Clancy.

Artist Chris Hazell is presenting an artist talk and morning tea is provided.

The four exhibitions are What a Life! Rock photography by Tony Mott, a major touring exhibition from the State Library of New South Wales, Cynosure by Chris Hazell, Collection Portraits and Disconnections curated by Cinnamon Jarrett. Come along to this free event to enjoy a great morning at the gallery. RSVPs are appreciated; please contact the gallery.

Paintings tell stories

Chris Hazell will present an artist talk as part of Saturday morning's opening event. The South Grafton-based artist will speak of her paintings and take questions.

Her exhibition of sparkling portraits titled Cynosure explores a range of themes including social issues such as marriage equality, environmental concerns and animal cruelty.

The elements included in her portraits hint at these themes, each making use of ranging subject matter, colour and symbolism.

The artist's love of colour and pattern is a vehicle she uses to convey the narrative, which is referred to in the title of the exhibition. Cynosure is the focal point, a person or object that attracts a lot of attention or admiration. Chris has created portraits of people who know they are the objects of attention, and this attention may be from themselves or from the outside. The paintings themselves are attractive and demand attention.

Rock memories

The State Library of New South Wales' major retrospective on premier Australian rock photographer Tony Mott presents 180 images from his extraordinary archive. …

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