New art gallery to open in Menindee

Wednesday, 26th September, 2012

Menindee artist Annette Minchin’s exhibition “Postcard Project - New York to Menindee” in the new art gallery. Menindee artist Annette Minchin’s exhibition “Postcard Project - New York to Menindee” in the new art gallery.

By Emily Roberts

A new art gallery is set to open in the Menindee Tourist Information Centre.

Artist and member of the Menindee Regional Tourist Association, Annette Minchin, said the Association came up with the idea for the gallery which will open on Friday.

"We brought the premises for the tourist shop and opened in March. At that point we had completed the shop," Ms Minchin said.

"We had space in the back and we thought 'what this town needs is an art gallery'.

"There was nowhere to hang art that wasn't used for other things, like the civic hall."

Ms Minchin said the new gallery had a "white cube look".

"It was a big space and we had three volunteers - an electrician and two exfarmers to help," she said.

"They built a big petition and everything was painted a nice soft white colour. It was fun. The volunteers were terrific."

Ms Minchin's works will be the first shown in the gallery in an exhibition called "Postcard Project - New York to Menindee".

She travelled to America in April this year and sent postcards to people in Australia.

The exhibition will be on show until October 10.

Ms Minchin said there had been a lot of interest from people keen to exhibit in the new gallery.

"We have had interest from various groups such as indigenous groups, local art groups and artist Rick Ball," she said.

"We also have our own HSC art students who can exhibit works.

"The Menindee Regional Tourist Association is excited about the new gallery. It adds to the services that are available in Menindee," she said.

The new gallery will be opened at 12.30pm by Menindee local Carol Eglington.

"Carol is our post office manager," said Ms Minchin. "She will be opening the new gallery and the exhibition. It seemed a good fit as she watched the post cards come in and out."