Gumbaynggirr art exhibition at Rainforest Centre

Bowraville Aboriginal artist Les Murdoch with his painting ‘Tree Moths’.A new art exhibition has opened at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre and features works by seven Aboriginal artists, some of whom are exhibiting their works for the first time.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) manager for the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Ms Kathryn Wood, said that the exhibition is entitled ‘We are One’ and has been organised in conjunction with the Beyond Empathy organisation.

“This vibrant new exhibition has been curated by Valerie Quinlan who works with Beyond Empathy and lives in the Macksville area,” Kathryn said.

“Valerie is an emerging young artist and a few of her paintings as well as a whimsical wooden sculpture called ‘Flower’ are part of the exhibition.

‘We are very pleased to once again work with Beyond Empathy to stage this exhibition. We have had two previous indigenous art exhibitions with this organisation and it is especially significant to open ‘We are One’ in NAIDOC week.

“Beyond Empathy is an Australian community, arts and cultural development organisation that creates art projects for people living on the margins of their communities to tell their stories and engage with new futures,” Kathryn explained.

“The works that Valerie has collected tell many stories ranging from those about the Dreamtime to present day aboriginal life and culture.

“One particularly touching piece is by Dwayne Chandler, a self taught indigenous artist born and raised in Nambucca. His work ‘Two Brothers Reunite’ depicts the reunion with his brother after a lifetime of separation.

“Two artists exhibiting for the first time are Aldo Wilson and John Wright – Aldo has contributed both paintings and woodwork, while John’s works are all acrylic on canvas.

“They join artists Denise Buchanan from Macksville, Nudge Blacklock from Dorrigo and Les Murdoch from Bowraville.

“Les is renowned for his particular style, called Aboriginal Op Art Surrealism, and two of his works are on display,” she said.

“The exhibition will run until 31 July and is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm daily. All artworks are for sale.”

For further information ring the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre on 6657 5913.

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