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‘Fresh’ at ‘The Old Kirk’ Yamba

A joint exhibition between Clarence Valley artists Stuart Murphy and Grace Thorley, ‘Fresh’ features a combination of photographs/photography and water colour paintings. Thought provoking and inspirational, this exhibition will be open for a limited time at ‘The Old Kirk’ from 5th – 30th January, entry via the Yamba Museum. Entry fee is $5 and children are free.

All Stuart’s images are aerial photographs of wetlands and estuaries on the NSW north and mid-north coast captured with the use of a drone. Wetlands have a great ability to moderate extremes in weather as they can capture and hold so much water during wet times and allow it to be slowly released to rivers. The patterns, colours and textures are so variable from season to season and with changing light conditions.

Grace Thorley’s works are drawn free hand and painted with watercolour paint. Really colourful and bright artworks with a mixture of pencil work and fine ink. In the ‘Fresh’ exhibition all of Grace’s works are a series of bright, rainbow coloured animals.

This exhibition is Grace’s largest collection of works to date

Artist Stu Murphy comments: “Six months after the planned date I’m throwing a bunch of artworks up on the walls of the Old Kirk at the Yamba Museum in a joint exhibition with Clarence Valley artist Grace Thorley. Grace’s watercolour works attract the attention of an expansive audience with an engaging style and powerful colours.

I’ve gathered a pretty cool collection of recent works together which I feel are appropriate for the occasion, half of which have never been exhibited before.

The generous outdoor garden area of the Yaegl Cultural Garden, in combination with the recently completed renovations at the Museum provide ample space for people to enjoy the company of others while maintaining their own Covid-safe space. If you’re unable to make it to see the exhibition in person you can follow things as they unfold online. (http://gracethorley.com.au/ http://stuartmurphy.com.au/)

Both Grace and I maintain an active online presence and our works are available for viewing and purchasing via our websites.”

Gai Pritchett

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