The Blacksmithing area at the Art In the Paddock event.
The Blacksmithing area at the Art In the Paddock event.

Gate to Plate showcases region's finest

THE Grafton Gallery Foundation is well into preparing for its next fundraiser - it's renowned Gate to Plate at The Barn, Grafton Showground, on September 28-29.

The Gate to Plate is a regional flagship food event showcasing everything the Clarence Valley and River have to offer while raising money for the local gallery. The two-day event is becoming an important part of the region's calendar.

On Saturday there will be Clarence Valley Foodie Trail which will feature a selection of the top food producers and retailers. The day ends at the Grafton Regional Gallery with a presentation by the architect of the $7.6 million Gallery expansion due for competition in 2020.

The Sunday is the main event, the famous long lunch in The Barn at Grafton Showground with two of the Valley's most exciting chefs designing a meal to remember using local produce.

The weekend is the latest event by the Foundation as it attempts to raise more money for the Gallery.

Early in June, the group held their annual Art in The Paddock event at Yulgilbar Castle.

More than 400 people attended that event which featured art displays and demonstrations, live music, tours and delicious food according to Foundation media officer Jude McBean said.

"The day started a bit ominously with a shower of rain as everyone was setting up," she said.

"However by the time the guests arrived by car and bus the sky held back.

"Twenty-eight artists displayed their work. Geoff Welham presented and played his amazing harps, Eoin McSwan with the help of two other artist blacksmiths forged new work and Jimmy Waghorn showed off his airbrushing skills. Pamela Denise presented live art - beautiful lilies and ferns in her handcrafted pots.

"Five artists, Julie Hutchings, Graham Mackie, Stacey Conridge, Liz Slater and Sue Harris, drew and painted up at the Sketch House. Guests were driven up to see the fabulous views over the Clarence River and engage with the artists as they created work.

"The day was wrapped up by the raffle draw, an art auction and most importantly the presentation of the three art awards. Congratulations to Eoin McSwan who won the inaugural Baillieu Art Award of $500, Debra Keyes who took out second place worth $250 and Stacey Conridge who won the Guests Choice of $250."

For more information and tickets to the Gallery Foundations Gate-to-Plate to sign up for their newsletter go to gatetoplate.com.au/g2p.


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