On a long road to the art gallery

NARELLE Telford's travels will take her to the Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery next week.

Along the Road I've Travelled, an exhibition inspired by the Coffs Coast artist's recent Australian odyssey, as well as her travels though Yucatan in Mexico and New Mexico in the USA, will open at the Gallery on January 16.

Narelle Telford says her paintings are celebrations of 'this wonderful Earth, its people and their cultures' and she expresses the emotions her subjects evoke, rather than lifelike images of landscape, often working in series which explore subtle variations on a recurring theme

“In Australia our vast open spaces are sometimes so overwhelming that I find myself honing in on more intimate details, such a tree bark, individual rocks, leaves or colours underfoot,” she said.

“In the Mexican jungle areas, however, I felt the need to expand that dark and claustrophobic environment into larger, more encompassing scenes.”

'Road' will open in conjunction with the travelling exhibition Operation Art.

Operation Art shows 50 paintings selected from 600 submitted by NSW schoolchildren from Kinder to Year 10 as part of a long-running project to help relieve anxiety for children in hospital.

Meanwhile visitors to the Regional Gallery only have a few days left to drop in to the 2008 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award exhibition and cast their vote for the People's Choice Award.

EMSLA will close after Saturday to allow the installation of the two new exhibitions, with the gallery reopening on January 16.

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