Noel Harvey 5 November 2019

Published on 06 November 2019

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On Saturday 2 November, I had the privilege of opening the 2019 Community Art and Craft Exhibition at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery.

This annual exhibition is open to residents of the Central Goldfields Shire and Avoca, and is a wonderful opportunity to promote and showcase the works of talented local artists, young and old.

Over 60 people entered this year – an incredible response!  The diverse collection includes art work, photography, sculpture, textile art, craft and woodwork.  The Gallery is very pleased to showcase the work of some young people in the exhibition too.

People will enjoy looking at the sculptural knitted teapots by Rosy Hardress from Talbot, as well as the felted creations of Alice in Wonderland – a joint creation by Central Goldfields Shire’s Supported Playgroups and Dunolly artist, Anna Ashton.

This year, Central Goldfields Shire Council hosted a People’s Choice Award worth $100.  A Special Young Person’s Prize was also on offer, with Maryborough Craft Shop sponsoring prizes for primary and secondary school students’ craft work – first prize $50, second prize $30 and third prize $20.

Central Goldfields Art Gallery and Central Goldfields Shire Council are very proud to host this exhibition each year.  It provides an opportunity to promote and showcase the art and craft talents of our local residents, and also gives those local artists the platform to have their work displayed in a professional setting.

I am very impressed with the standard of work on display this year and I’m sure the exhibition will attract many visitors.

The exhibition will be on display at Central Goldfields Art Gallery from Saturday 2 November to Sunday 24 November, 2019.

The Central Goldfields Art Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm, and is located in Neill Street in the Old Fire Station, Maryborough.