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The annual Phyllis Austin competition, judged by Niomi Sands. Image: Contributed

Ferry Park Gallery Exhibition December

The Phyllis Austin Perpetual Memorial Trophy is an annual, open competition for all LCACA members in recognition of one of our founding members, Phyllis Austin. It is an encouragement award recognizing creativity, originality with a high standard of execution.

Grafton Regional Gallery Director, Niomi Sands judged the entries again this year and commented on the quality of the exhibition pieces which included woodwork, painting, textiles, jewellery, and glasswork.

“I would like to congratulate all of the artists that entered this year.  The standard of work is outstanding and showcases the creativity of our region. This is an important award for the Clarence, and I am honoured to be invited to share in your creativity.” Said Niomi.

First prize went to Di Nixon for her vibrant silk and wool shawl. Highly Commended went to Karin Brear for her seascape in pastels and Betty Thompson for her eco dying on Japanese paper. The exhibition is on for December, well worth a look at this and the other works in this well-presented gallery.

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 managed by our members and open 7 days from 9am – 4pm. Closed Christmas Day.

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