VARIETY ON SHOW: Peter Ptschelinzew, one of the organisers at the annual Nimbin Autumn Arts Extravaganza.
VARIETY ON SHOW: Peter Ptschelinzew, one of the organisers at the annual Nimbin Autumn Arts Extravaganza. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Nimbin wears art on its sleeve

A TATTOO artist, working with ink and coffee on canvas and paper, is just one example of the creativity on exhibition at the annual Nimbin Autumn Arts Extravaganza.

There are paintings of a sumo wrestler dancing and diving. All together about 50 artists have submitted work, with everything from basket weaving and ceramics, to photography, sculpture and hanging mobiles on display until April 27.

The exhibition is run by the Nimbin Artists Gallery, a collective of artists who have a permanent gallery space in a room in the Nimbin School of Arts.

But, for the past 14 or so years, they have taken over the main hall space and run the Autumn Extravaganza as a way to encourage the artist in everyone to get their work out in to the public domain.

"All sorts of people come out of the woodwork," Peter Ptschelinzew, one of the volunteer co-ordinators, said.

Tourists and locals were mingling throughout the temporary gallery when The Northern Star visited and an electronic people counter at the door counted 8000 people at last year's Autumn Extravaganza.

In the back room there is a separate exhibition of work from local school students.

Commission taken by the Nimbin Artists Gallery goes into supporting other arts-related activities around Nimbin, with money recently donated to the Blue Knob Hall for a ceramics studio and also a big donation to the 7 Sibley St environmental house project.

The exhibition is open from 10am-5pm daily and admission is free.


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