The Coffs Coast Advocate

Prized postcards

WOOLGOOLGA painter Karen Beer took out the $600 first prize in the Focus visual arts sub-committee's second Postcard exhibition.

Her winning work was a tiny Venetian-inspired street scene in jewel colours, which reflected the artist's affection for the fabled city.

Nana Glen sculptor and jewellery Jeramie Carter took out the $200 second prize with a sleek and cheeky miniature sculpture which featured the back view of a woman wearing a laced bodice - and little else.

Focus chairwoman Ann Leonard said Focus had received twice as many entries in this year's Postcard show as it had received for the first event in 2008.

“There is a fantastic array of colours and genres, she said.

“The exhibition is well worth a look”

Wish You Were Here! The annual Focus postcard show of small-scale works is one of four exhibitions currently on show at the gallery.

The other three are Print and Process, a printmaking exhibition from the NERAM Collection in Armidale; Helen Geier's Meander II and figurative works by Stephen Leek.

Helen Geier spoke at the opening on Friday night against a backdrop of her mammoth works, which reflect her experience of the Australian outback.

Bellingen-based painter Ted Hillyer, who has inspired many local painters, spoke on behalf of Stephen Leek, whose figurative works show a strong influence from Hillyer's distinctive monumental figures.

For those out and about visiting galleries this weekend who would enjoy a scenic drive, the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is showing the Wetlands exhibition.

Titled Upstream - Downstream; wetlands connect us all, the exhibition features award winners from the Wetlandcare National Art and Photography Competition and will remain on show until April 27.



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