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Jean Versace, with her featured paintings. Image: contributed

Artist of the month…times two

Ferry Park Gallery is featuring 2 Artists of the month for February, Jean Versace and Yvonne Pickens. Jean Versace began life in the country, spent many hours exploring the bush and the creeks and has kept those loves close to her heart. Her subjects relate to the countryside, water-courses and the coastline, with a particular love of her new life in the Clarence Valley, beside the big river. She studied printmaking in Townsville in the ‘90s and has since found new inspiration in painting after joining the LCACA art group here in Maclean in 2018. Jean works with acrylics and mixed media, often utilising palette knives and fingers to create textural art pieces, depicting her beloved natural environment. Yvonne Pickens is a textile artist who creates fabric sculptures. Her sculptures are all handmade and individual, using recycled materials dipped in ‘Paverpol’, a water based environmentally friendly, fabric hardener. Fabric Sculpture builds on the timeless art of doll and figure making, creating beautiful sculptures with delicate folds and graceful lines. They give the illusion of softness but are quite hard, weatherproof and washable. These works will add flair and an individual touch to any home. Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association Inc (LCACA) is a not-for-profit community organisation promoting and showcasing artisans of the Clarence Valley. LCACA opened Ferry Park Gallery in 1993 for members to display and sell their work. LCACA welcome new members to join us as an exhibitor or volunteer to work in our gallery. Ferry Park Gallery is on Big River Way, and easily accessed from the Maclean Interchange on the Pacific Motorway. The Gallery has a COVID safety plan and is open 7 days from 9am – 4pm. Di Nixon Jean Versace, with her featured paintings. Image: contributed.