The Art Shed in Boggabri will see new works on its walls in the next week.
More than 10 artists will display art, photography and woodwork for a new exhibition, which is set to open on June 22 at 6pm.
Artists include Lorraine Maddigan, Tammey McAllan, Helen Stanley, Rachael Passfield, Jade Punch, Kristie Farquhar, Tamar Greatrix, Julie Gosper, photographer David Chapple, and the Boggabri Men’s Shed.
Hassab’s Fashions and the Commercial Hotel Boggabri have jumped on board again to make it a great night out. The hotel will have happy hour drinks and Hassab’s will open late, showcase its new arrivals, and will have up to 40 per cent off.
Boggabri artist and co-founder of the Art Shed, Tammey McAllan, said there will be a variety of works and mediums on display, including watercolours, prints, mixed media, woodwork and photography.
A number of the artists are new to exhibiting and had approached Ms McAllan about The Art Shed after visiting.
Ms McAllan said including the artists in exhibitions was a good way of “paying it forward” after she had the opportunity to exhibit for the first time in Gunnedah, thanks to the council’s arts and cultural officer Lauren Mackley.
“I think it’s a really good stepping stone so it’s really exciting,” Ms McAllan said.
“It’s really nice to work with different artists and we inspire each other to expand in a direction we would never normally go.
“What I find really exciting, especially, I work closely with Lorraine [Maddigan]. We have quite a good bond and she’s very much in in the Art Shed now and we bounce off each other… She helps me bring more realistic aspects to my artworks.”
Ms McAllan said she is “still doing the colourful and the animals” but is also “expanding and refining my skills a little bit”.
“I can see a progression in my work from when I started,” she said.
But to be honest, I’m always going to be the bright, colourful one. I just love it too much.”
This the second exhibition for the Art Shed and Ms McAllan said there are plenty more in the works.
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“I’ve actually had people contact me for the next exhibition, so it is really exciting that our name is getting out there and people are starting to acknowledge the Art Shed,” she said.
“We’ve got a visitor’s book there now and it’s really great to see where people come from to see it. It’s such a success for the town.
“It’s exciting to see it going ahead.”
The dress theme for the opening night of the exhibition is flowers. The exhibition will be on display until August 7.