26 January, 2023
‘Diversity’ of local art now on show at gallery
Showcasing a diverse range of art styles, the Coo-ee Heritage Centre’s latest exhibition showcased some of the region’s finest creative intricacies.
“Diversity” was launched over the weekend, with a
significant turn-out of admirers and supporters making
the artists involved quite chuffed.
Following the theme “diversity in style”, each piece
on display is as unique as the next, complementing each
other in the process.
Local artists Joe and Judy Shalhoub were two creators
offering their unique and eclectic works on display
including some of Mr Shalhoub’s larger glass pieces
and a range of Mrs Shalhoub’s acrylic and watercolor
Guest artist, Pauline Griffiths from the
Dubbo/Narromine area, had her paintings and lino
prints featured on the centre walls, with each work
offering detailed snapshots of nature.
“I myself take inspiration from nature, and I look at
the pattern in nature,” Ms Griffiths explained.
"So some of my print works, I’ve dissected different
aspects, and taken inspiration from the patterns inside,”
“For example, an orange is really intricate fruit in
particular ways. If you cut the fruit one way you get one
pattern, and if you cut it another way you get another
Ensuring she keeps her art as local as possible, Ms
Griffiths tries to keep her inspiration within the region.
Venturing to a vineyard in Molong, she was able to
pick-up grape leaves to draw creativity from.
“We collected the grape leaves from six variety of
grapes, and would you believe that each leaf has different
“Everything in nature has their own patterns and
their own shapes, the way seeds form in fruit, flowers
it’s their way to survive,” she said.
The exhibition opening was well supported by locals
and visitors and will run until late February.
Ms Griffiths noted that a couple from Sydney thoroughly
enjoyed the exhibition while they were passing
through, and made sure to take a few smaller pieces
home with them as a memory.
Artists who visited from Dubbo were also impressed by the Coo-ee Heritage Centre’s facilities, and look forward to using the space for their own exhibition in the future.