Gala opening for Coffs art awards

COFFS Harbour Regional Gallery staff are busy this week unwrapping and hanging entries in the 2008 Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards, which have attracted more than 300 entries.

The judges for the awards, which are only in their second year, are once again gallery directors Jude McBean from Grafton Regional Gallery; Steve Bush from John Gordon Gallery and Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald.

The gala opening of the $22,500, five-prize EMSLA at 6pm on October 31 will also be attended by arts lover and gallery benefactor Dr Mal Eutick, whose support has made EMSLA possible.

The Gala Opening event is free and everyone is welcome to come along.

Those wishing to attend the premiere recital are asked to RSVP the gallery and to be seated by 6.15pm.

“On the opening night, there will be a celebratory procession - led by the 'Spirit of Still Life'- to the Museum from the Gallery at 8pm for the opening of the EMSLA Salon des Refuses, where we'll have more music to keep everyone entertained,” regional gallery director Dr Leigh Summers said.

The evening will also launch the inaugural EMSLA Arts Festival, which begins on November 1 and runs until November 7, 2008.

“This is a very exciting development that will see some of Australia's best regarded chamber music artistes performing among the award-winning EMSLA exhibits,” Dr Summers said.

The Festival will feature five evenings of baroque, classical and contemporary chamber music performed by a series of top performers at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

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