Last Saturday afternoon at the Youth Hall in Coraki those who gathered to celebrate the work of our young artists were really knocked out by the standard of work on display.
This work was produced in the one -day workshops which were run by the Coraki Art Prize and funded from a grant from Arts NSW. It was great to see the students appreciate how their work was displayed and in the case of the painting workshop to see their work displayed alongside that of their teacher, Digby Moran. Wonder of all wonders both sets of work complemented each other. That must be a great feeling for the young artists who admired Digby’s work so much!
The students also enjoyed seeing the work from the workshop they didn’t attend. Many from the Painting workshop expressed an interest in joining Darren Bryant in Printmaking next time. Both teachers said that the participants were a pleasure to teach, not only for their talent but for their wholehearted participation and politeness.
It was great to see parents, grandmothers, friends of students and lovers of Art attend the exhibition. Sales were boosted when two wonderful women from Lismore came later in the afternoon. They bought 3 paintings between them. They said they had been looking everywhere for work like this and had not been able to find it till now. High praise for our young artists!
Thanks to everyone who helped make these shows happen and a special thanks to the people who supported the young artists by attending on Saturday. They really appreciated it.
Many students are already asking when our next workshop is going to take place?
And we do have more workshops happening at Coraki Primary School in October. This time they are funded by a Richmond Valley Council grant. Joanna Kambourian, a Visual Artist and Coraki Resident, and Wendy Powitt, and winner of the Sculpture section last year, will work with grade 4,5 &6 to produce collaboration works that will be exhibited at the Art prize opening at the end of October.
Also congratulations to Coraki Art Prize committee member, Ana Thompson, who was runner up in the Tursa Open Painting Prize at the Bentley Art Prize. Once again, Coraki has done well in the Bentley.
by Melva Thompson