River of Art gears up in Narooma, Bodalla

ARTISTS all around the shire are busily preparing for the Eurobodalla River of Art festival creating, adjusting and putting final touches to works of art.

At the Montague Arts and Crafts Society in Narooma, there is a secret afoot.

Irene, June and Roz were photographed with some extraordinary examples of knitting all sewn together.

The shortlisted finalists of the River of Art 2014 Art Prize will be hung at the SoArt Gallery, Princes Highway, Narooma, this week in readiness for the announcement of the prize-winner at the official exhibition opening on Monday, May 19 at 6pm.

The prize was increased for 2014 to $1000, thanks to kind support from the Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Come along to enjoy a splendid feast for the eyes at this exhibition, produced by artists from Durras to the Victorian border.

Local artists Lorraine Willcock, Tony Pye, Marg Ingamells and Janet Jones all have works to view in the businesses in Narooma.

Stroll around the shopping precincts to view these sensational original works.

Art books will be on view in the MACS Plaza Gallery from Friday, May 16.

Artisan’s Nest in Bodalla meanwhile is holding public events entitled ‘Feathering the Nest’ that will see two giant nests created and raffled for charity.

Nest member Marian Webb is an accomplished basket weaver who has constructed two beautiful nests of about 1m diameter which are waiting to be adorned.

The first constructed nest is at the gallery for the public to ‘feather’, that is, add to with beautiful things.

There is a raffle to win the nest with all proceeds going to the Bodalla RFS brigade, which is transporting the nest to the Moruya Markets on Saturday and back to Bodalla for their annual fundraising dinner dance with Spicy Fruit Chutney providing the live music.

Decoration of the second nest that will adorn the gallery/shop at 56 Princes Highway, Bodalla will occur from May 17 to 25. Artisan’s Nest is open seven days from 10am.

Plenty of indigenous flare

SOUTH East Arts is pleased to present exciting local Indigenous artists, the Djaadjawan Dancers and Keene Ballangarry as part of the official opening of the Eurobodalla River of Art festival that kicks off 10 days of celebrating creative artists across the shire.

The Djaadjawan Dancers are enjoying soaring success along the NSW coast, most recently performing at the Four Winds Festival in Bermagui.

Based in Narooma, the female traditional Aboriginal dance group was founded in 2013 by local Sharon Mason.

The dancers will perform on Friday, May 16 at 6pm, at the opening festival concert at the RSL Hall in Moruya.

Dalmeny-based musician Keene ‘Bundy’ Ballangarry is a painter, talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and said he creates from his own life experiences.

Keene’s punchy songs are delivered with character and a strong, impressive voice.

Keene will perform on Saturday, May 17, at the Moruya Markets stage.

Local businesses offer up their window space to display local artworks from across the region.

South East Arts has collaborated with Harris Scarf in Moruya and their front window will feature work by local Indigenous artists Merryn Apma and Cheryl Davison.

Merryn is an Arante woman from the Northern Territory, currently residing in Tilba.

She paints vibrant, colourful desert art. Cheryl is a leading artist from the South Coast, practising for more than 20 years.

South East Arts is excited to be working with such a high calibre of professional Indigenous artists, and proud to support them at the Eurobodalla River of Art festival.

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