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Ken Done, ‘Violet coral head’, 2011-16, oil and acrylic on linen, 152 x 122cm. Courtesy of the artist and Ken Done Gallery, Sydney

Paintings you probably haven’t seen

An exhibition of recent works by renowned Australian artist, Ken Done, will be officially opened at the Grafton Regional Gallery on Friday evening. The exhibition “Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen: Selected Works 2000 – 2017” will be opened by Clarence Valley councillor Peter Ellem in a ceremony that kicks off at 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Gallery director, Niomi Sands, said it was a vibrant and playful exhibition that brought together recent and mostly unseen works featured in his new publication of the same title. We are pleased to welcome Ken Done, as our special guest speaker and our distinguished gallery patron on the night,” she said. “Ken has been a great supporter of Grafton Regional Gallery for many years. “It’s fitting that as our gallery patron, Ken Done’s works mark the gallery’s 30th birthday celebrations.” Ms Sands said the “History of Weddings in the Valley” would also open on Friday night. “This delightful exhibition celebrates the history of weddings in the Clarence Valley,” she said. “From magical gowns of white to joyful family portraits, exhibition curator Bree Hiatt has brought together collections of local wedding memorabilia to explore wedding culture across many generations. It illustrates stories of love, hope, joy and family, and provides a unique insight into the social history of our community.” Guests will receive a complimentary drink on arrival. Irons and Craig will cater, the Friends of the Grafton Gallery will operate a pay bar and entertainment will be provided by Swag Manouche. Bookings are essential via Eventbrite and a booking fee might apply. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 FoGG members and $40 at the door. Visit to book.  
Bridal Bouquet displayed in ‘History of Weddings in the Valley’ curated by Bree Hiatt