27 April 2024

Gallery gets RAW for first Cooktown art event of 2024

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Shelley Burt, Hazel Moore and Tracey Blumer discuss their favourite entries at the launch of Cooktown School of Art Society’s RAW exhibition on 19 April. Photo: Supplied.

Cooktown’s art crowd was out in force on 19 April to celebrate the launch of Cooktown School of Art Society’s (CSAS) first exhibition of the 2024 season.

Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery came alive with vivid colours and works for RAW, an exhibition of the handmade and undisciplined, with a diverse range of community members witnessing the work of local artists.

CSA president and secretary Jane Dennis said the night had been a success, and urged Cooktown residents and visitors to visit the gallery and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced on 4 May.

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“The event achieved its aim in drawing artists out of the shadows, and it’s well worth a visit, as there are more than 70 exhibits on display, all eclectic and surprising,” she said.

“Come down and cast a vote for the Peoples’ Choice Award and support our local talent.”

The event was also used to celebrate a gallery refurbishment, with exhibition space now able to be transformed due to moveable walls.

The next exhibition at the gallery will be the showcase 45th Annual Art Award, which is scheduled to be unveiled on 13 June ahead of the Cooktown Discovery Festival.

Ms Dennis said entry forms for CSAS’s premier event were now available at the gallery, or at the Cooktown library.

ShaunLee Burey, Bek Stewart, Paula Widuch and Tracy Hales prepare to inspect RAW, Cooktown School of Art Society’s first exhibition for 2024, on Friday night. Photo: Supplied.

Cook Shire Council Mayor Robyn Holmes and Deputy Mayor Marilyn Morris catch up at the exhibition opening at Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery. Photo: Supplied.

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