Creating arts for 40 years

FAYE Smith can look back on 40 years of artistic activities in Coffs Harbour.

A life member of the Coffs Harbour Creative Arts Group, Mrs Smith was a foundation member of what was then the Coffs Harbour Arts and Craft Group when it took shape 40 years ago.

A keen potter, she joined the arts and crafts group because of her interest in ceramics.

“I haven’t been active for quite a while but John and I still go to some of the events,” Mrs Smith said.

While she no longer works at the wheel, she is sad that some years ago restrictive occupational health and safety regulations made it impossible for group members to continue firing pottery at their Showground Gallery.

The group was told they would have to construct a separate building to house their two kilns, a project the group could not afford and which would also have involved gaining permission from three different authorities. The closure of the gallery kilns also put paid to the group’s program of providing pottery classes for young people with intellectual disabilities.

Group secretary Ken Pay said the 40th anniversary would be discussed at the next committee meeting on November 4, and he expected the anniversary celebrations would be rolled into the group’s Christmas party, planned for November 28.

The Creative Group’s November 4 meeting will also discuss the draft management plan for the Coffs Harbour Showground.

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