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Huge crowd drawn

Wednesday, 6th April, 2011

IN FOCUS: Kate Marsden and Chris Adams. IN FOCUS: Kate Marsden and Chris Adams.

by Gina Wilson

A huge crowd attended the opening of photographer Robin Sellick's "Future Australia" exhibition on Friday night.

Regional Art Gallery manager Bruce Tindale said around 340 people were at the opening which, he said, was the second biggest turnout at an opening, eclipsed only by the Brushmen of the Bush show in 2006.

Mr Tindale said a local son capturing local people was the big attraction.

"I think it's really the simple fact that there are still quite a few local people who don't get the opportunity to visit the gallery and Robin's exhibition has provided an excellent drawcard," he said.

"Future Australia is specifically about showcasing a diverse range of people through Robin Sellick's distinct photographic portraits.

"Robin's a local person too - he's a local son who's come back to live here and create something very worthwhile.

"He not only brings highly polished professional skills but also an understanding of local culture that captures the character of the town."

Mr Sellick's exhibition was opened by award-winning journalist and author Jack Marx who contributed to the exhibition with his interviews of the subjects of the portraits.

"The involvement of a writer of Jack Marx's experience adds another dimension to the project through interpreting the comments and stories of the participants," Mr Tindale said.

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