Ahead of tonight's Gala opening, the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is currently unpacking some of the loveliest, most striking and potentially controversial works ever seen in the annual Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) competition.
Ahead of tonight's Gala opening, the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is currently unpacking some of the loveliest, most striking and potentially controversial works ever seen in the annual Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) competition.

Annual art and fine music festival to be the best yet

GET your tickets now for the pre-eminent Coffs Coast art event of the year - the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) and Festival.

The Festival starts tonight at 6pm with the Gala Opening.

Director of Grafton Regional Gallery, Jude McBean, and Caroline Downer, Art Gallery Director at New England Regional Art Museum, will announce the winning works on the night. Tickets to the event cost $15 and are now on sale at the Gallery.

"This year more than 200 painters from across Australia entered and of these 60 are finalists," said the Director of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Dr Leigh Summers.

"The paintings are of a very high calibre indeed and, to our delight, the regional artists represented are of great merit. The Gallery is currently unpacking some of the loveliest, most striking and potentially controversial works ever seen in this competition. This year, as in previous years, a Gala Opening Night event is planned with our benefactor Dr Mal Eutick along with special guests, judges, entertainment and delectable refreshments."

In the EMSLA tradition, Gallery benefactor Dr Mal Eutick, will be thanked on the night by the EMSLA 'Spirit of Still Life' in her usual 'over the top' manner.

Festival Highlights
Trish O'Brien & Friends perform 'Piazzolla - The Soul of Tango' on Saturday. Trish will be joined by violinist Zillah Hawley and pianist Leanne Swanson for a sizzling, unforgettable performance.

Darling of Opera Australia Sally-Anne Russell will perform exquisite arias and delectable vocal treats from Handel to Mozart and more in this delightful concert on Saturday, November 22. A rare opportunity to enjoy a world-class performance, Sally-Anne will be accompanied on piano and harpsichord by Leanne Swanson.

On Sunday, November 23, the highlight will be the Baroque Ensemble featuring Harpsichordist Leanne Swanson & Friends. Joining Leanne will be Charlotte Hayes playing recorder and cello, Hazel Buchanan oboe, Michael McCabe violin and Louise Ray on viola.

Tickets to all events cost $25 and are limited so please purchase early to avoid disappointment by calling the Gallery on 6648 4863 or call into the Gallery.



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