Sydney calligraphers Lexie Arlington, Coffs Harbour’s Colleen Little and Melbourne’s Lyne de Lucas working on the wall of Coffs Harbour’s Open Studio on Saturday.
Sydney calligraphers Lexie Arlington, Coffs Harbour’s Colleen Little and Melbourne’s Lyne de Lucas working on the wall of Coffs Harbour’s Open Studio on Saturday. Leigh Jensen

Wordsmiths merge forms for artwork

CALLIGRAPHERS and graffiti artists joined forces to create an open-air artwork on the wall of Coffs Harbour’s Open Studio on Saturday.

Three graffiti artists from Coffs Harbour, Brisbane and Sydney joined forces with four calligraphy artists from Coffs Harbour, Melbourne and Sydney to create the collaborative work.

“It went really well, considering the weather,’ said Ashley Johnston, the principal of Open Studio and gallery at the corner of Duke and Vernon streets.

“We battled on and got the job done – people were coming by and looking all day and we had a great turnout at night.’

The open-air art event was accompanied by a fundraising sausage sizzle in Pioneer Park manned by Mr Johnston’s ‘right-hand man’ at Open Studio, Dean Cordell.

Mr Cordell is raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation and plans to shave off his impressive beard to raise more money.

Graffiti artists and calligraphers are collaborating in two exhibitions this month, both of which had their opening nights this weekend.

Calligraffiti opened at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery on Friday night with mainly calligraphy, some shared works and some street art.

Graffigraphy opened on Saturday night at Open Studio, with mainly street art with some shared works and some calligraphy. Both featured local and capital city artists.

Both exhibitions will remain on show over Christmas, closing on January 8.

Open Studio is open from 10am to 5pm from Wednesday to Saturday each week.

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery opens from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.

Every Monday and Wednesday this week and next, between 11am and 1pm, members of Coffs Calligraphers will be hand-scribing Christmas baubles and selling them in gift boxes for $10, at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery.



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