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Art bonanza

Friday, 5th July, 2013

Marguerite Bennett (from left), Kylie Cramp, Amanda Johnson and Fiona Nash prepare for an exhibition tonight. Marguerite Bennett (from left), Kylie Cramp, Amanda Johnson and Fiona Nash prepare for an exhibition tonight.

By Emily Roberts

Tonight will be big for art lovers in Broken Hill with quality exhibitions opening across town.

Local artist Amanda Johnson has been preparing her students for an exhibition opening this evening.

“This is the third year we have run our exhibition,” she said.

“We have over 65 works and 45 students.”

Mrs Johnson said the exhibition will be held at the Girl Guide Hall on the corner of Oxide and Wolfram Streets. It will start at 6pm.

“My students have class once a week in a two hour session. They come along and paint whatever they want,” Mrs Johnson said.

“I help develop their skills and learn techniques.”

She said the exhibition would be a little different this year.

“This is the first year we will have a viewer’s choice - making the exhibition more interactive,” Mrs Johnson said.

“People will be able to vote on their favourite paintings. It is our own thing to gauge reactions on the paintings.”

Mrs Johnson said only a few of the paintings would be on sale.

“Some artists don’t want to resell or they have promised the paintings to someone,” she said.

After the opening, the exhibition will run for the next week from 10am to 4pm.

Mrs Johnson said she was very proud of her students’ work.

“I hope people come to ours and then make their way to the Regional Art Gallery,” she said.

Three exhibitions are opening at the Regional Art Gallery, including the Outback Open Art Prize, and there will also be the official opening of the new art storage area located at the back of the gallery.

The building of the art store began in 2010 and was completed earlier this year, the final stage being the installation of painting racks to house 1800 works.

It will be opened by Councillor Darriea Turley, Chair of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Advisory Committee.

The store will be opened to the public tonight, so it is a rare chance to have a look at it.

The finalists for the Outback Open Art Prize have also been selected and will be on exhibition this evening.

There will be two emerging artists whose shows will also open tonight; with Aboriginal artist Dave Downden and Wentworth resident Steve Mars hosting exhibitions.

The Regional Art Gallery exhibitions will start from 6pm.

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