Downtown Lismore may look a little worse for wear at the moment, but look past the rubble and the roadworks and theres something bright and beautiful brewing underneath.
Students from 17 local public schools are displaying their artworks at Caddies Coffee Shop as part of the biannual small schools exhibition, this year entitled Remix.
Curator Cathy McEwen, the creative arts teacher from Goolamangar and Corndale Public School, says she is in complete awe of what the children have created this year.
The energy just bounces off the walls everything is so alive, said Cathy. Its great to see that visual arts is alive and healthy in small public schools. The calibre of the work is astounding the teachers are obviously really inspiring these kids.
Cathy describes the exhibition as buzzing with joy and says there are a wide range of styles, from portraits and still lifes to geometric patterns, desert scenes honouring the Year of the Outback, Aboriginal inspired dot paintings, and much more.
Theres even political cariactures of John Howard and Kim Beazley they are just so hilarious and free. They bring a smile to your face, said Cathy. Theres also a homage to Margaret Olley and a tribute to the Australian masters two exhibitions that some of the small schools visited earlier this year at the Lismore Regional Gallery. So the variety is just huge. Its something you really cant explain you have to see it for yourself.
The Remix exhibition will remain on show at Caddies Coffee Shop until the end of November. Despite the nearby roadworks, the caf is still buzzing with life and people are welcome anytime from Monday to Saturday.
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