Visions of the Clarence Valley
The Regional Collection, Grafton Regional Gallery
Visions of the Clarence Valley presents works inspired by the Clarence Valley. Selected from the Regional Collection of the Grafton Regional Gallery they reference the valley through recognisable icons such as the Clarence River, Angourie Point, the cane fields and the Jacaranda. All represent the influence of the valley on the artists who live here or have lived here or have been inspired by the valley.
From the legendary photographs by John Witzig to the wonderful watercolour landscapes of Doris O’Grady this exhibition presents seventeen artists’ interpretations of the Clarence Valley. The bold geometric shapes of Robert Moore’s The Clarence River Bridge Grafton contrast sharply with Henk Kaptein’s delicate miniature landscapes. John Millington’s almost sinister series of cane harvesters are set against Malcolm King’s playful interpretation of a sea pool on our coastline. Various approaches to the landscapes are explored by Francis Belle Parker, Peter Lane and Graham Mackie. Cass Samms’ whimsical sculpture celebrates the 1958 “Tim the Bream” fishing competition which is returning soon. Gallery patron Ken Done’s colourful works need no introduction and we can claim him as one of our regional artists as he spent a part of his childhood in Maclean. Ceramics by Geoff Crispin, Alison Williams, Rosie Vesper and Deborah Taylor add colour and dimension to this exhibition which reveals some of the diversity of the visual arts in Clarence Valley.
Opens Friday July 15 and will close August 21.
The Old Kirk Adult – $3, Children Free (includes Museum entry)