All art mediums at Lillipilli

COFFS Coast residents tend to take 'the Lillipilli' for granted, but the Coffs Harbour Lillipilli Art and Craft Exhibition, which opens tomorrow, is an astonishing phenomenon.

One of the largest exhibitions of its type anywhere, it has 24 different sections; offers $13,300 worth of prizemoney and is organised and run entirely by volunteers from the busy Woolgoolga Art Group.

Now in its 24th year, the 2009 Lillipilli has attracted a record number of entries with 460 works of art on show, including paintings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, fibre craft, furniture and calligraphy.

The exhibition will be opened and winners announced at a gala function 7.30pm tomorrow.

Tickets to the opening are $10 which includes refreshments and all interested people are welcome to attend.

The exhibition, at the Norm Jordan pavilion at Coffs Harbour Showground, will remain open from 10am to 4pm daily from Saturday, closing at 2pm on April 26.

Lovers of art and literature should have a field day this weekend.

Also at the Showground, the Rotary Book fest opens at 9am on Saturday at the Showground Exhibition Hall, with between 30,000 and 50,000 books to choose from.

The Bookfest will be open from 9am to 5pm daily until Anzac day, April 25, when it will open at 11am and close at 5pm.

Over the other side of town, the 2009 Exhibition of Fine Woodwork opens at noon tomorrow, hosted by the Mid North Coast Woodworkers.

The exhibition will also be open on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

In addition to many handsome pieces of furniture, clocks, boxes, wood turning and sculpture there will be regular demonstrations.

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