River of Art ready to bust its banks in Moruya

Flags are up and flying in Moruya as River of Art gets set to light up the South Coast for ten days of festival fun from May 19 to 28.

Festival Chair Sue Barford said there was a lot to see in and around Moruya over the ten days of the festival and advised to “check out the program and  create your own art trail”.

For the festival launch, River of Art teams up with the Eurobodalla Shire Council for the opening of a water-themed Art20 exhibition in Bodalla, with free performances from the Djaadjawan Dancers, Clive Dorien and Barny Barnbrook. Everyone is invited to Moruya for the opening night party, with entertainment provided by Ironic Circus and the Paul Johnston Duo.

Creators Bazaar at the riverside markets is a must-see on Saturday May 20.

Then discover the Festival Slam at Tuross Head – one of River of Art’s most riotous and enjoyable evenings, where poets improvise on audience supplied topics.

Don’t miss Oh My God, I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate What I’m Wearing – a high drama, high wigged and hair-larious comedy at the Bodalla Hall on May 25.

Visit Moruya Books to check out artworks by watercolourist Gillian Wilde and printmaker Julie Mia Holmes.

At the Rustic Pantry in Moruya, have a chat with Julie Janson, an aboriginal artist and author of the internationally acclaimed The Crocodile Hotel and check out her emu-feather dilly bags.

In Bodalla, the Artisans Nest will present workshops and artistically up-scaled items created from often-discarded everyday materials, including jewelry, clothing and other artworks.

Close by at Potato Point, visit Rachel McInnes to see her unique sterling silver jewelry cast from carved cuttlebone found on nearby beaches.

You can also visit beautiful open gardens at the Congo Crafts Gallery, Ken Taber’s studio in Mogo, or the kitchen garden at Bodalla’s Blue Earth café.

To celebrate the festival finale, River of Art invites visitors and locals alike to a knees-up family bush dance in Moruya on May 28. The renowned Kameruka Bush Orchestra will perform.