Artistic Journey

Artist Merilyn Chappel is opening up her Dural gallery and surrounding property for the next ART AND … exhibition for two weekends in September.

Last year it was ART AND Celebrate. This year’s theme is ART AND Discover Something New.

Art Show Lisa Shepherds Floral Art Artistic JourneyMerilyn says the idea is for visitors to see what the whole area has to offer, not just view the exhibition at The Arthouse Pavilion Gallery at 25 Muraban Road, Dural.

The much-anticipated exhibition will showcase about 250 of her paintings and highlight the work of nine other creative talents working with prints, textiles, fashion, jewellery, sculpture as well as hand-made and unique collectables in resin and wood.

There will be about 1000 pieces on display in the gallery and throughout the garden where there will also be workshops.

The exhibition has been organised by Artists And Incorporated, a not-for-profit organisation, which aims to boost local businesses “We want visitors to not just look at things but to get involved,” said Merilyn. “People can try things out.”

Art Show Merilyn Artistic JourneyAs well as Merilyn exhibitors are: Trish Fraunfelter (screen printed textiles and homewares), Stuart Weir (carved sandstone and iron garden embellishments), Jill Davis (handcrafted jewellery), John Woulfe (sculptor) Lisa Shepherd (textile design), Amanda Mortars and Dennis Hicks (wearable and usable resin art), Mack Calder (woodturner), Grace Levis (textiles and ceramics) and Roy Davi (traditional woodcraft).

It’s an opportunity to talk to them but also try out some new skills.

“Last year’s event was just after COVID Lockdown,” said Marilyn. “It was such a successful event. About 2000 people came through over the two weekends.“

She thinks after the current lockdown people will be keen to get out and explore again. Like last year’s event, COVIDSafe regulations apply and everyone will have to register for free tickets.

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