Coffs artists in residence at Regional Gallery

MAKE the most of this week and take yourself along to Studio, which closes this Saturday at 4pm.

Studio takes working regional artists to their audience and puts the artists, as well as their work, squarely in the frame.

Many artists are solitary creatures who work best alone, but eleven artists accepted the invitation to work in public at the Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery and have been subjecting themselves to the gaze of visitors.

This gives members of the public interested in the process of art making an unusual opportunity to see the work being created in front of them.

Students of art have an unparalleled opportunity to see how artists create particular effects.

Recent photographs by Rowan Conroy are also on show at the Regional Gallery.

When these exhibitions close, the tireless work will begin to select and mount the exhibitions for the 2008 Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards, which will open with a not-to-be missed gala evening on October 31.

Gallery Director Leigh Summers said this year's EMSLA awards had attracted a record number of entries and the popularity of last year's still life exhibition had persuaded her to keep this year's exhibition open for a longer period.

The winners of the national and regional EMSLA will be selected by art critic John McDonald and gallery directors Jude McBean from Grafton Regional Gallery and Steve Bush, one of the directors of Coffs Harbour's John Gordon Gallery. Steve Bush is also the publisher of the new bi-monthly art magazine Art World for Australia and New Zealand.

The opening of the national exhibition on October 31 will also feature the world premiere of Victor's Heart, a new eight-minute piece for one piano and four hands.

The piece, written by composer Elena Kats-Chernin, has been specially commissioned for the occasion by art lover and gallery benefactor Dr Mal Eutick.

Dr Eutick is also flying the composer to Coffs Harbour to perform the work on the night with Coffs Harbour-based pianist Renata Turrini.

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