River of Art Festival kicks off in Eurobodalla

MORE than 400 people attended the opening of the Eurobodalla River of Art Festival on Friday.

River of Art continues with the shortlisted finalists of the 2014 Art Prize have been hung at the SoArt Gallery, Princes Highway, Narooma, in readiness for the announcement of the prize-winner at the official exhibition opening on Monday, May 19 at 6pm.

On Friday, Iris White welcomed everyone to country and the Eurobodalla River of Art committee would thank Iris for her generous and kind welcome, to the start of the festival.

The Djaadjawan Dancers performed some welcome beautiful dances and encouraged audience participation.

The committee is honoured to have such creative flair within the community and a dance group that is able to share with us the customs and traditions of the Yuin people.

Mayor Lindsay Brown officially opened the Eurobodalla River of Art festival and then announced the winners of the Live Life in Eurobodalla photographic competition exhibition.

More than 200 entries were received from the length and breadth of the shire. It was a superb glimpse of the many and varied aspects, faces and places of our own beautiful Eurobodalla.

The Creators Bazaar on Saturday began with local sensational singer-songwriter, Keene Ballangarry.

Keene sang his own original music and the audience was entranced by his rendition of “The Bunyip” and other amazing songs.

He has recently come “home” to his mother’s people (Yuin) to learn about his heritage from his mother’s side.

The festival continues this week with many open studios and workshops, all driven by our talented and artistic local artists.

Please take time to visit the studios of Margaret Moran, Cheryl Hill as well as local artists in Art on Parade in local businesses.

These include Tony Pye (Tilba) at Raine and Horne, Narooma; Marg Ingamells (Narooma) at Narooma Framing; Lorraine Willcock (Potato Point) at Casey’s Café; Janet Jones (Narooma) at Montague Coffee;  Artists at The Artisan’s Nest, (Bodalla) and Sue Barford (Potato Point) at Moruya Books.

The Eurobodalla River of Art would like to acknowledge the amazing piece of art created by the stealth yarn bombers of Narooma.

It was kept as a secret to welcome in the Eurobodalla River of Art Festival.

What an incredible piece of work.

The number of hours spent creating it is astounding.

Thank you to all those secret knitters, crocheters and darners for creating a very bright spot on the Eurobodalla coast.

A number of people have approached the Eurobodalla River of Art to say how much they have enjoyed this piece of art.


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