12 January 2015 Diversity the Theme at Gallery

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Four very diverse shows mark the start of the 2015 exhibition and event calendar at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery this Friday, January 16, at 6pm.

The first of these is the opening of an exhibition by award-winning artist John Bokor.

“John Bokor is a significant Sydney-based artist known for his still life paintings as well as interiors, streetscapes and landscapes,” said Gallery Director/Curator Dr Leigh Summers.

“His work is held in collections at the Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and the State Library of NSW, as well as many private collections. Viewers will enjoy his luscious colour ways and the unmitigated freshness of the paintings. 

“The Gallery is also proud to be hosting paintings celebrating the Saltwater Freshwater Festival. This small, but elegant show only hints at the vast talent in our region among indigenous artists and is well worth a visit.

“The two other exhibitions showcase works by tableland artist Barbara McKay and purchases made by the Friends of the Gallery group. McKay’s work references her wonderfully romantic late in life love affair. These small, joyous and spontaneous paintings are colourful and young at heart. The second exhibition is a collection of some of the paintings purchased for the city by our stalwart and generous Friends of the Gallery group. The Friends are wonderful supporters of the Gallery and their fundraising events have made possible the acquisition of several extremely valuable paintings for the city’s collection of fine art. Christopher Hodges ‘daisy table’, the sculptural work from which the Friends have derived their logo, will also be on exhibition.

“Opening night will be a great opportunity to meet the artists, to catch up with friends, enjoy some funky piano music and to celebrate the new creative year that lies ahead. Everyone is invited to attend.”

John Bokor and Wendy Powitt, CEO of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance and the National Aboriginal Design Agency, will also be available on Saturday, January 17, at the Gallery for special talks on the works on show over morning tea at 10am. Everyone is most welcome to attend this free event.

Opening night costs $5 per person. Then the exhibition is free to the public.