Forces of nature

Students from Afterlee Public School busily painting in readiness for their exhibition Weather or Not.

Deborah Brown and Jenny Kitchener have been artists, teachers and friends for more than 20 years, and theyve recently put their heads together to a create a new exhibition called Fire and Water.

Now on show at the Roxy Gallery in Kyogle, Fire and Water features myriad works from the two artists including paintings, drawings, photographs and prints. Together they have explored the diverse characteristics of these opposite elements, depicting everything from the devastating Norply fire in Kyogle to the beauty of water lilies floating on the river.

While Jenny is well known locally, shes also making a name for herself on the national stage. Two of her works were recently acquired by the Silk Cut Foundation and these are now part of the permanent collection at the ACT National Gallery.

Sharing the walls with Deborah and Jenny this month is another exhibition called Weather or Not by students from eight local small schools.

Deborah is the principal of Afterlee Public School near Kyogle and Jenny is a teacher there as well, and they both wanted to devote some space to showcase these little artists, whose creative talents are encouraged through public education. The students have all produced works with a focus on weather.

Fire and Water and Weather or Not will both be opened this Friday, September 8, at the gallery from 6pm, and everyone is welcome to enjoy a chat with the artists and a few nibblies.

Both exhibitions will remain on show until September 30.

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