Lismores caf culture on display

Showing off some of the art now on show at Luv a Coffee as part of the Lismore Caf Exhibitions are (l-r) Fiona Lohrbaecher with daughter Amber, Lismore Council tourism services co-ordinator Mitch Lowe, Luv a Coffee proprietor Kirsten Themsen and Armistead Gallerys Rhonda Baker.

Sometimes theres nothing better to do while you sip coffee in your favourite caf than stare at the walls.

And thanks to a new project titled Lismore Caf Exhibitions, the walls of Lismores cafs are now adorned with artwork, giving caf patrons something to admire and discuss while providing the regions talented artistic community with valuable exposure to a diverse range of people.

As part of the project, a team effort between Lismore Tourism, Armisteads Gallery and members of the Caf and Culture Trail network, local artists are given free exhibition space in participating cafs, with the exhibits changing every eight weeks.

Its great to get your work on display in a public space because thats what art is all about, said Fiona Lohrbaecher, whose work is on display in Luv a Coffee, and the people who see it in a coffee shop maybe wouldnt go to an art gallery, so you do reach a wider audience.

While the artists benefit from the exposure, caf proprietors arent complaining about the potential increase in trade that accompanies the exhibitions.

People do come in and look at the changing exhibitions, said Luv a Coffees Kirsten Themsen, and the art really does become a talking point.

Current exhibits include:

Henrys Bakery, works by Angela Bettess; Luv a Coffee, works by Fiona Lohrbaecher; The Chocolate Bar, works by Cal MacKinnon; The Left Bank, works by Sue Nelson; and Caddies Coffee, the bi-annual small schools exhibition.

Artists interested in displaying their work in the Lismore Caf Exhibitions should contact Rhonda Baker from Armisteads Gallery on 6622 8011. Caf owners interested in participating in the project should contact Mitch Lowe on 6626 0105.

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