Works from Glen's public buildings brought together

An interesting exhibition opened at the town gallery in the library complex on Saturday evening.

It consists of paintings the town has acquired over a few decades, and which have been spread about in public buildings.

Three decades ago, there was a group known as GIFACS – the Glen Innes Fine Arts and Crafts Society – and it held an exhibition of its members’ work at the old butter factory, known as the Wattle Gallery.

Each year the society would buy one of the works for the town and the collection was built up.

The works have been hung since on the walls of public buildings like the High School, the Town Hall, hospital, Community Centre and the Visitors Centre.

Now, they’re being shown together. Gallery president, John McCluskey said: “This exhibition is to bring them all together under the one roof so that the public can view them.”  

Patricia Turner who helped organise the exhibition feels it’s only part of the artistic strength of Glen Innes. She wants an “art trail” so visitors can work their way from gallery to gallery.

John McCluskey.

John McCluskey.

Organisers, Robyn Condon and Patricia Turner with a montage by Steve Wright.

Organisers, Robyn Condon and Patricia Turner with a montage by Steve Wright.