The first exhibition changeover at the Grafton Regional Gallery for the New Year will be an exciting one with a variety of artworks and artists telling the stories of photography and feminism, and jewellery. The exhibitions include Photography Meets Feminism: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s, History of Jewellery in the Valley, Collection: La Femina, and Postcard Show. Gallery director, Jude McBean, said the exhibitions took a critical look at the way art, jewellery and photography had been used as a tool through history to shape the way women, feminism, fashion and wealth were portrayed through the eras. The guest speaker of the official opening, artist Wendy Sharpe, will present a special artists talk as part of the opening. Wendy is one of the exhibiting artists in the La Femina exhibition. Ms McBean said it offered a rare opportunity to experience an intimate reflection from one of Australia’s best known artists. The official opening will be at 5:30pm Friday, February 12, with complimentary nibbles and a paybar available on the evening. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP for catering purposes. Photography meets Feminism: Australian woman photographers 1970s-80s This exhibition from the Monash Gallery of Art looks at the vital relationship of photography and feminism in Australia during the 1970s and ’80s. During this period of the late twentieth century, feminists used the highly informative and accessible medium of photography to raise awareness of critical social issues while photographic artists embraced feminist themes as a way of making their practice less esoteric and more engaged with contemporary life. This productive exchange between feminism and photography fostered a range of technical innovations and critical frameworks that radically transformed the direction of visual culture in Australia. History of Jewellery in the Valley Jewellery from the museums and private collections of the Clarence Valley tell the stories of who wore the precious gems and metals and reveal the fashion and history of their time. Collection: La Femina A selection of works by women artists from the gallery’s collections, from the earliest acquisitions through to the most recent, La Femina celebrates the diversity and strength of woman in the visual arts. Postcard Show Small, highly desirable works of various mediums created by artists who enter the gallery’s flagship award, the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) or whose work is held in the gallery’s collection are presented in this enticing exhibition to raise funds for the 2016 JADA. Silent bidding starts on Wednesday, February 3, and finalised with an auction at 11am Saturday, March 12. The Grafton Regional Gallery, a major cultural service of the Clarence Valley Council, is open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday except for public holidays. The gallery café/restaurant, Rosearia, is open 11am to 2pm for coffee and lunch and 6pm to 9pm for dinner Tuesday to Saturday.