Orange Regional Gallery will celebrate the wealth of creative talent in the Central West at the HERE/NOW exhibition, which opens on October 22.
The popular annual exhibition will feature exclusive and unseen works from 190 of the region’s artists, from well-known local artists to emerging artists who have never exhibited before.
The exhibiting artists will present works across a wide variety of media, including drawings, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, printmaking and photography.
Orange Mayor Jason Hamling said HERE/NOW was one of the most popular displays on the gallery’s annual exhibition calendar, with hundreds of artists taking part in the show since it began in 2018.
“This exhibition provides great exposure and experience for our local artists, enabling them to showcase their work to the hundreds of visitors who come along every year,” Cr Hamling said.
‘’It’s an amazing opportunity for members of the public to discover the wide diversity of artistic talent we have in the Central West, as well as highlighting the work of talented local artists across the region.”
Submissions were invited from artists over the age of 16, living in the local government areas of Orange, Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan Shire, Lithgow, Oberon, Parkes and Weddin Shire, with the Gallery asking for new or recent works that had not been exhibited before.
The exhibition will be officially opened by Mayor Hamling at a free event at 6pm on Saturday 22 October at Orange Regional Gallery. Bookings can be made at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/exhibition-opening-herenow-tickets-425507463277.
“Bring your friends and family along and see some of the Central West’s best art, right here in Orange,” Cr Hamling said.
The event will coincide with Bloom, a spectacular light and sound display in Robertson Park by Kellie O’Dempsey and Mick Dick. Bloom will transform the park after dark as swathes of colour are projected
onto the trees during two live performances at 8pm and 9:15pm. No registration is necessary for this event, simply bring a picnic rug or chair and enjoy an evening of art in the park.
Orange Regional Gallery is open from 10am to 4 pm daily. HERE/NOW will be on display until 13 November.