Robert Smietanski at work preparing for today’s Life without Barriers auction.
Robert Smietanski at work preparing for today’s Life without Barriers auction.

No barriers for group in art sale

IT’S art auction time, a time when the talents of creative people from the Nambucca/Bellingen Life without Barriers group are on display and for sale.

Life without Barriers is a disability service that encourages people with a disability to get the most out of life through their art.

This year, the International Year of Biodiversity, the group has been exploring the preciousness of our natural world through the media of paint, ceramic, papier mache and mosaic.

According to art teacher Susie Peake, it’s a time of excitement for the artists, who gain so much from seeing their work auctioned.

“The group has worked so hard and has created a body of interesting and unusual pieces using different media,” Ms Peake said.

For artist Robert Smietanski, actually seeing people bidding for his work is what he loves about the annual auction.

“I love to see who buys my paintings and if they are happy that they bought them,” Robert said.

The auction will be held today at the Urunga Golf Club.

Artworks are on display from 3pm and the auction, under the experienced hammer of Guy Saddleton, starts at 4pm.

All proceeds go back to the artists themselves, with a small percentage going to the service to ensure its continuation.

Recycled and donated frames and mounts are used where possible to keep costs minimal.

For more information: 6568 6488.



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