Monday, August 15, 2011

RIPARIAN RITES - Opening soon

The Williams River Valley Artists project arrives at Maitland Regional Art Gallery from the 27th August to 16th October with the official opening on Saturday 17th September 3pm.

While this latest show is a time of celebration it is also a time for reassessment and recovery. The valley has been devastated by the impact of the dam proposal, the community fragmented and the land has fallen into a state of neglect and disrepair over the years of uncertainty.

Issues of water usage and the community impact of such policy decisions which the Dungog shire has had to struggle with still need to be thought about and grappled with on a wider scale.

Watch this space as things continue to unfold.

This show brings together sensitive responses to the experience of the impact of the proposal and the disruption to the valley along with hope for a better future.

Artists participating at MRAG are Suzanne Bartos, Neil Berecry Brown, Ruby Davies, Noelene Lucas, Margaret Roberts, Toni Warburton, David Watson and Juliet Fowler Smith.

The Williams River Valley, photo by Noelene Lucas

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