Art takes centre stage in Coraki

Coraki Tea Tree Art Prize and Artsfest co-ordinators Kate Welch (second from left) and Narelle Jarvis (far right) and volunteers Mohana Nicholson (left) and Chrissie Smart with some of the hundreds of artworks that will be on display in Coraki this weekend.

This weekends Coraki Tea Tree Art Prize and Artsfest is one of Corakis most popular annual events, drawing hundreds of people to the small village for two days of art-inspired frivolity.

Co-ordinator Kate Welch says the event featuring an art exhibition, workshops on everything from fabric sculpture to mosaic, films and free music on the riverbank, and a rowing regatta is the perfect excuse to take a day trip to this beautiful riverside town.

This weekend of arts began as an addition to a festival and its now a stand alone event the festival is gone, but were still going strong, said Kate. Visitors are often really surprised when they come here they love the small town, authentic country atmosphere and they get to enjoy art thats absolutely some of the very best youll find in the Northern Rivers.

The Coraki Tea Tree Art Prize opens tomorrow night (Friday, October 27) at the Youth Hall in Bridge Street, where more than 350 artworks from painting and sculpture to photography and Aboriginal art will be on display. The opening is at 7pm, and $6 gets you wine and nibblies. The exhibition continues on Saturday from 9am-5pm and on Sunday from 9am-4pm.

On Saturday the Artsfest kicks off with workshops in card making, fabric sculpture, mosaic and basket making, plus demonstrations of china painting, oil painting and felt making. These will run all day at the Youth Hall along with massages, psychic readings, a plant stall, chalk art and much more (for info phone Cheryl on 6683 2972).

At 2.30pm a special unveiling of a new riverside sculpture will take place, and that evening popular gypsy band Stipsky will get people grooving by the riverbank from 5.30pm. Families are encouraged to bring a rug or cushion and enjoy a picnic hamper by the river while being entertained.

At 6.30pm a group of young people from Coraki will present a special hip hop performance and multimedia screening, both of which were developed through a series of recent workshops. The atmosphere will then take a nostalgic twist, with a screening of the 1938 film Dad & Dave Come to Town, which organisers describe as last centurys Kath and Kim.

Tickets for the riverbank entertainment are just $5 each, with children under 13 free.

For those who plan to visit the art exhibition on Sunday, head down to the riverbank and check out the Lismore Rowing Clubs annual regatta and enjoy lunch on the banks of the Richmond River.

For more information on any of the above events phone Kate on 6683 2325.

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