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Double attendance: Gawura gallery has "fantastic" start to 2020

GALLERY OPENING: Marissa Martin and Lachlan Martin at the Gawura gallery opening on Friday. Picture: Andrew Messenger.
GALLERY OPENING: Marissa Martin and Lachlan Martin at the Gawura gallery opening on Friday. Picture: Andrew Messenger.

The Gawura Gallery has had a "fantastic" start to the year, more than doubling their January attendance through the doors of the tourist-heavy Glen Innes gallery.

Fresh from winning a silver medal at last year's Outback Tourism Awards, and helping plan an Indigenous festival gallery co-owner Wendy Hornsby said gallery has gone from strength to strength with their first showing of 2020.

Themed "my Glen Innes', one new artist put her own spin on the idea.

Landscape artist Belinda Parkinson captured the changing environment of Tingha after its devastating January bushfires, said Wendy Hornsby.

"It was a very unusual style, she's incorporated bark with her acrylic," she said.

"She's an emerging artist, this is her first exhibition.

"She's been working with Lloyd for the last twelve months; he's been mentoring her through her art practice to assist her.

"And this is the result of that twelve months' work."

Ms Parkinson was one of three female non-indigenous artists whose works were displayed on Friday night at the gallery's first opening of 2020.

Wendy and husband and co-founder Lloyd Hornsby founded the gallery just over two years ago. She said word of mouth has got around, with over 130 people fronting up to see Friday's opening.

"The local community came in their numbers to support the gallery, which is just outstanding," she said.

"We had a lot of visitors from Grafton and down as far as Armidale were people who came.

"In actual fact we've doubled our figures from last year, in terms of monetary and attendance."

The works will remain on display until March 28.

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