Clarence River Women of Arts (1821- 1876)
Clarence River Women of the Arts is a celebration of 60 female Clarence River artisans across an eclectic range of genres: sculpture, glass, metal, film, photography, mixed media, writing, poetry, oils, watercolours and acrylics.
Featuring alongside current local artists will be 10 works from colonial women including the original artwork of Lillian Chauvel, the first Australian female artist to exhibit overseas. Lillian was born on the Clarence River at Tabulam and is the sister of Colonel Harry Chauvel, Australia’s first commissioned officer who led the cavalry charge during the 1917 Battle of Beersheba in WWI.
Other artists include Ellen Bundock, sister of Edward Ogilvie, Mary Tindal and Rose Selwyn all who have exquisitely painted early colonial life on the Clarence from the 1830s.
The exhibition will open on Saturday December 16, at 2pm in the Old Kirk and will continue until January 28, 2018.
Local musician, songwriter, and vocalist Grace Hickey’s will join emerging opera singer, Michelle Ryan to open and preform at the exhibition opening. Michelle will honour her third cousin Margaret Gard (born Harwood Island) who changed her name to MARGHERITA GRANDI and became a famous opera diva across Europe until the 1940s.