Stories and Songs of the People comes to Coffs
AN Aboriginal woman who has exhibited artwork at the United Nations will be in Coffs Harbour for a special event on Friday.
Janet Long Nakamarra, a Warlpiri woman from the Central Desert, will be exhibiting art along with Bundjalung artist Digby Moran and local Gumbaynggirr artist Tony Hart at Southern Cross University's Stories and Songs of the People event.
In the past, Janet's paintings have hung in major Australian galleries, China, Germany and at the United Nations in New York.
“Back in the 1980s they started supplying canvas and paints to the artist in the community,” Janet said.
“I used to sit and watch my mum and aunties, and while it took me a while to learn, now I'm very patient - my paintings take months and months to do because there are so many fine details.”
As well as her art, Janet is kept busy working as an interpreter for government agencies in the Northern Territory, and she is also in her second year of a Bachelor of Law at Southern Cross University.
She is hoping that by studying law she will be able to help solve some of the problems facing her community.