Photographer Carol Eason (left), gallery owner Bob Stainlay and glass artist Gail Spendelove celebrate the feast of artistic talent to be shown during the Murwillumbah Art Trail.
Photographer Carol Eason (left), gallery owner Bob Stainlay and glass artist Gail Spendelove celebrate the feast of artistic talent to be shown during the Murwillumbah Art Trail. Yvonne Gardiner

Dozens of artists follow Tweed trail of talent

THE Tweed Shire has a great history of world-class artists making waves in international spheres, and many local artists produce works of stunning quality.

That's the opinion of art gallery owner Bob Stainlay, who will enthusiastically promote Northern Rivers' artistic output during the Murwillumbah Art Trail (MAT18) from May 18 to 27.

"The Tweed/Byron area has the largest per capita number of artists in rural Australia,” Bob said.

"As owner of the Escape Fine Art Gallery in Murwillumbah, I have been privileged to know many of them, and I see the tremendous contribution they have made to our culture as a nation.

"This applies right through the arts, including all forms of visual and performing artists.

"They are caring, culturally aware and savvy but most of all passionate about what they do - often with little reward. We need to support them in every sense.”

This year MAT18 runs across 34 locations and has attracted 100 sponsors, ample proof of its popularity.

Murwillumbah becomes a vast showroom for art, performance, sculpture, film, projection art, dance and workshops.

There'll be pop-up galleries, street events, a sculpture park, interactive events, and performances.

"Events such as the Murwillumbah Art Trail and permanent fixtures such as the local galleries provide exposure for the artists and venues for buyers,” Bob said.

"Importantly, they also lift the souls of the elderly and those unable to afford to purchase art for display.

"I have been incredibly fortunate in my life so far to have had the opportunity to enjoy and promote art at every level, right up to the pinnacle of international exposure, and assure you I have received benefits far outweighing effort.

"I would urge everyone to do whatever they can to assist those in the arts, whether it be through attendance at performances or simply buying a piece of sculpture or a wall hanging.

"Without artists, our world would be a very dull existence. They brighten our lives and lift us up to a higher plane.”

For more information about MAT18, go to: themurwillumbah arttrail.com/.


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