Artshow kicks off Orange Festival weekend

August 7, 2009

A team of Art enthusiasts, led by the irrepressible Nancy MacInnes arranged in a matter of a few weeks, an exhibition which added another dimension to the Orange Festival.  The exhibition which drew together local artists and craft people, was opened on Friday night by Senator John Williams.

“Bingara is a town with energy,” he said. “There is always something happening, because people like Nancy MacInnes and others who make this little town so vibrant,” he said.Nancy said the decision to use the empty Roxy Cafe for the exhibition was made only a month before.

Assistance from artists Jenny McGowan, Jenny Coote, and other local artists, young people Jo Barton, Nicci Harris, Michelle Bowrey, Sharon Rafter, and Council workers, Anthony King and Peter Hodge who did an excellent job hanging the works, plus lighting by Martin Hansford meant everything fell into place. “Barman and music man, Mark Craddock, also did a great job,” Nancy said. “A lot of talented people gave their art to display, and contributed to the atmosphere of a great night.”

The exhibition also proved popular on Saturday, with about 150 people visiting, and contributing $300 to Bingara’s ‘Bosom Buddies’ project.

Volunteers from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Support Group did an excellent trade selling morning and afternoon tea.

Also on display, some being worn, were vintage clothes.

Glamorous duo, Alex Stones and Maria Coote were sensational in their ‘Cabaret’ costumes, wearing top hats, tails and fishnet tights, adding to the fun of the evening.