Narooma counts down to the River of Art

Gearing up for the 2017 River of Art Festival are Sandra Doyle from the Narooma Busking Competition, Lynn Griffiths from the River of Art, Patrice Atkins from Euro Tiles and Bathrooms, River of Art chairperson Sue Barford and Anne Colquitt from Hat Savvy.

Local artists and performers are busy gearing up to present an exciting line-up in Narooma during the River of Art Festival from 19-28 May.

Finalists in the prestigious River of Art 2017 Prize Exhibition will be on show at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma from 18-30 May. Arts lovers are invited to join the judges and talented artists for the opening award presentation on Monday, 22 May.

Art on Parade is always at the heart of River of Art. This is where artists partner with local businesses, cafes and shopfronts to present their works for sale.

In mid-town Narooma, check out Shanna Provost’s mixed media exhibition at the Whale Motor Inn. Drop into an exhibition of diverse mosaic works by artists from the Artful 9 group at Eurobodalla Tiles and Bathrooms, and visit Bound to Earth Café to see Sally Veer’s studio art, textiles and repurposed garments.

Anne Colquitt presents her bespoke millinery creations at Hatsavvy, as well as a workshop on how to block a felt shape into a fashionable hat to wear through the cooler winter months.

Don’t miss an astonishing exhibition of textiles and costuming by Sue Barford and Marian Webb on display at the Tara Motel. This celebrates their years of experimentation with thread, dye, paint and discarded everyday objects.

Interested in photography? Then head down to the Narooma Camera Club Exhibition at the Narooma Club to see superb photographs depicting local life and landscapes.

River of Art also celebrates live music and performances. On Saturday, May 27, a fabulous lineup of buskers across all musical genres will be performing at hot spots around Narooma, as part of the Australian National Busking Championships hosted by Narooma Rotary.

Book soon for other festival workshops and community events in Narooma. There’s Floral Art with Barry Flanagan, a crochet circle at MACS cottage, and the chance to look inside the Men’s Shed. Check out the list of open studios in the region during River of Art for a chance to meet practicing local artists.

For all times and venue details see the program here.

The award-winning River of Art Festival delivers inspiring exhibitions and exciting performances all along the South Coast from Durras to Bermagui.

Just south of Narooma in Tilba, Cheryl Davison and Matheiu Lartigau will have their works on display at Neck of the Woods Café, while the Apma Creations Aboriginal Art Gallery will showcase Merryn Apma’s desert inspired paintings.

Heading north to Bodalla, the Artists Nest will be open throughout the festival while Blue Earth’s kitchen garden is part of this year’s Art of Gardening trail. You can also visit the Narooma Woodies in Bodalla, and head to the Downward Dog Café to enjoy live music along with a multi-media exhibition including works by Megan Small and Lois Selby.

Bodalla also hosts a Roots of Rock concert, and a hair-larious comedy night – Oh My God, I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate What I’m Wearing.

The River of Art Festival will kick off in Bodalla on Friday, 19 May together with the launch of Art20 with free performances from the Djaadjawan Dancers, Clive Dorien and Barny Barnbrook.

Story and photo courtesy of The Narooma News, 1 May 2017.