Pushing the boundaries

If youre heading north for the annual Nimbin Country Show this weekend, travel up the road a little further and youll find the beautiful Blue Knob Hall Gallery and Caf serving up delicious food and fine art.

The latest exhibition is called Out of Your Comfort Zone, where 18 local artists were invited to create a piece of art using a new technique or broaching a difficult subject. The result is a colourful and thoughtful pastiche of art that pushes the boundaries both through the use of clever materials and unusual approaches and through the passionate ideas expressed.

We gave the artists the freedom to interpret the term Out of Your Comfort Zone however they wanted, and we ended up with a really diverse range of pieces from sculpture to felt to 3D art, said co-ordinator Heather Kimber, whos also one of the exhibiting artists. We have one artist who is a sculptor who has used liquid clay to paint on canvas while another artist whos in her 80s has explored her anguish as her eyesight deteriorates. Basically the artists have stepped out of their element and tried to experiment, which has produced some very interesting works.

Out of Your Comfort Zone features paintings and drawings, tuilegraph prints, calligraphy, felt creations, clay jewellery and sculpture.

The exhibition will be on show until October 8. The gallery is open every Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-4pm.


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