Natural talents

Three local friends who also happen to be artists have combined their considerable talents to produce the Kolinda Gallerys latest exhibition, Up the Creek.

Jane Hewetson (owner of Kolinda Gallery), Janine Sharman and Roland Schicht Sunshine often spend an entire day painting together, feeding their creativity with plenty of food, wine and artistic chatter.

The trio are perhaps drawn to one another because of their shared love of nature and in Up the Creek they certainly do it justice offering up a series that captures the awesome beauty of the North Coasts many rivers and creeks.

These meditations on local waterways are matched with some wonderful still lifes and images of Alstonville architecture to form an impressive collection of more than 40 artworks.

Each of these artists has a profile in their own right, but together they make a formidable team and what they have created is just stunning, said gallery director Andrew Chung. Looking at these paintings you cant help but feel a sense of serenity and peace.

Roland Schicht Sunshine has been an active identity in the local arts scene for many years, holding several solo shows, and he says he has a very spiritual affinity with nature. Janine and Jane have both been involved in many exhibitions in the region and most recently they have collaborated to produce two calendars based on Alstonville and its surrounds. Some of the originals from these calendars now form part of this exhibition.

Up the Creek opens at Kolinda Gallery tomorrow (Friday, November 24) at 6.30pm. Entry is free and all are welcome.

The show will continue until December 13. Youll find the gallery on the highway just as you come into Alstonville from Lismore. For more information phone 6628 0297.

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