Yesterday afternoon, the ‘Clarence River Women in Art Exhibition kicked off at the Yamba Museum. The exhibition features 60 artists who live and work in the Clarence River valley. The show is the result of a lot of hard work and organisation by Debra Novak, aided and abetted by Bob and Marea Buist. The exhibition runs from 12-December, and runs until 28 January 2018.
I am proud that my ‘Fantasy in a Fishbowl’ is part of this exhibition. The piece is collection of quirky marine critters, mostly contained within a ghostly fishbowl – there are a few escapees…
One of the features of the exhibition will be artwork by earlier women artists from the Clarence Valley, some from the 19th century. These artists recorded people and places that are now historical. The show also features a painting by Lillian Chauvel, the first Australian female artist to exhibit overseas. Incidentally, Lillian Chauvel was the sister of General Sir Henry Chauvel, who led the Desert Mounted Corps at the Battle for Beersheba, where the 4th Light Horse carried the famous charge.
The opening event included performances by two young Clarence Valley singers – the classically trained Michelle Jean Ryan and contemporary singer/songwriter Grace Hickey. It turns out that Michelle’s great-aunt was Margaret Gard, born at Harwood, and better known as Margherita Grandi, a noted operatic mezzo-soprano and diva, who sang at Covent Garden, La Scala and other noted opera houses, who sang in movies such as ‘The Red Shoes’, and who was recorded in in work conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. That’s a long way from Harwood Island!