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Ferry Park – Artist of the Month

Ferry Park Gallery Artist of Month for August is shared by husband and wife team, Ron and Heather Moore. Ron crafts from timber and Heather uses glass as her creative medium. The following is how they describe their creativity.

Ron: I was born and grew up in Bowral in the Southern Highlands of NSW where I indulged my interest in sports such as boxing and football. Along with my father I, for many years bred and showed Old English game poultry.

After I married and started a family, I began to develop an interest in woodwork in the form of making small furniture pieces.

After moving to Grafton in 2005, I joined the Northern Rivers Woodworkers where my skills soon expanded. Having access to a wide range of timbers, both local and exotic, the joy of seeing the colours of the wood explode as the finishes are applied is one of my greatest pleasures.

I have been a member of Ferry Park Gallery for about 10 years and have won the Phillis Austin Award for excellence for one of my boxes. I hope you enjoy my display and come to appreciate the beauty of timber as I have.

Heather: I was born and grew up in Grafton where I was introduced to crafting by my mother in the form of knitting and sewing, in order to make me into a “good wife”. In the mid-60s I moved to the Southern Highlands where I met and married Ron, raising a family of four.

Over the years my crafting interests have broadened to cover such things as ceramics, folk art, patchwork/quilting and cross stitch. About 25 years ago I was introduced to the wonderful world of stained glass. I was instantly hooked. The way the light transforms the colours and brilliance of the glass is at times mesmerising. After moving back to Grafton in 2005 I began filling our home with leadlight light fittings, candle holders, tissue box covers and the like.

Some years ago, I realised that I would have to start selling my work or I would have to stop producing which I was not prepared to do, hence I joined Ferry Park Gallery. I hope you enjoy this display and appreciate the beauty of glass as much as I have.

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. Ferry Park Gallery has a COVID safety plan and is open seven days from 9am – 3pm.


Di Nixon