CWA Guyra Evening Branch runs Art Exhibition during the Lamb & Potato Festival

Some of Brian Irving's works.
Some of Brian Irving's works.

The GALA Centre has turned into an art gallery for the Lamb and Potato Festival.

Seventeen talented New England artists - many from Guyra - are exhibiting their works: portraits and paintings, Indigenous art, birds made from spoons and forks, and vases made from silverware.

"There are a lot of very talented people in our area," the CWA Guyra Evening Branch's Leonie Hawkins said.

This is the first time the CWA has run the art show. They took it on from GALA. "We're very grateful that they gave it to us, and we want to grow it from there," Mrs Hawkins said.


Last year's exhibition was a two-man show by Guyra artists Brian Irving and Kay Smith. Both have works in the exhibition, but they are joined by artists from around the region, including as far as Inverell and Tamworth.

"There's something for nearly everybody in there this year!" Mrs Hawkins said. "That's why we opened it up to more artists. We hope to get even more next year, and build on what we've got now."

The pieces are for sale - and, Mrs Hawkins said, they're very reasonably priced. "There's very good value there. Some great works of art, great pieces, and they're not out of everybody's price range. They're very affordable." Prices start at $50, and reach more than $1000.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall opened the art exhibition on Friday evening.

"For a small community, there is so much local artistic talent, across all mediums," Mr Marshall wrote on his Facebook page. "It was wonderful to see a good crowd turnout for opening night to admire the art and talk about our favourite topic at the moment: rain!"

The exhibition runs at the GALA Centre, 136 Bradley Street, until Monday, January 27, and is open every day from 10am to 3pm.