REGIONAL GALLERY SHOW Suzanne Archer in her studio with one of her large-scale China paintings.
REGIONAL GALLERY SHOW Suzanne Archer in her studio with one of her large-scale China paintings.

What's on: Coffs and Clarence Valley


THE next Evening Artisan Market will be held on March 31 at the Jetty Foreshore, 4-9pm. Live DJ, face painting, jumping castle, sand picture painting, crafts, loads of food and great family atmosphere. At Marina Drive, The Jetty Foreshore. For more information email: or go to harbour.


AN EXCLUSIVE, multimedia exhibition by prize-winning artist Suzanne Archer is the latest feast for the senses being offered by Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. Showing now until May, this new show by one of Australia's leading artists includes travel sketch-books, artist's books, drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations developed from her most recent journeys to China. For the artist, travel is an overwhelming and enriching source of new ideas. Suzanne Archer was born in Surrey in the UK and trained at the Sutton School of Art. She arrived in Australia in 1965 and is based in Wedderburn, New South Wales, a place rich in artistic talent and history. The Wedderburn artistic community is an informal group of Australian contemporary artists that includes Elisabeth Cummings, Roy Jackson, John Peart, David Hawkes, Suzanne Archer and David Fairbairn. Over the last 40 years Suzanne Archer has had 32 solo exhibitions and numerous curated exhibitions. She is a past winner of the Wynne Prize, the Dobell Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Prize, among others. Exhibition details: Guided tour with the artist: www. Entry is free.

Create your own artist journal workshop with Suzanne Archer: Tickets are $110 per person.


AUSTRALIAN author Holly Ringland talks about her first novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart on April 5, 5.30-7.30pm at Harry Bailey Memorial Library, corner of Coff and Duke Streets, Coffs Central. Holly Ringland grew up wild and barefoot in her mother's tropical garden.

When she was nine years old,her family lived in a camper van for two years, travelling across the national parks in North America, an experience that sparked Holly's lifelong interest in cultures and stories. Set between the sugar cane fields of northern Queensland, a native Australian wild-flower farm and a celestial crater in the central Australian desert, Ringland's novel is a love letter to the Australian landscape and reminds us of the innate connection between self-identity and home.

Holly has become an international publishing sensation with the rights her novel already sold in 17 territories including the UK, Canada, Germany and France. In 2015, the first chapter of The lost flowers of Alice Hart won Griffith Review's annual writer award. For more information phone: (02) 6648 4900 or email:


THE Dorrigo Community Market is a small country market where locals, community organisations and regional marketeers get together to offer locals and visitors a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, plants, pre-loved goods, food, jams, pickles and preserves, hand-made jewellery, and all manner of other goodies. The Market runs from 8.30am to around noon on the first Saturday of the month. Come to the market to meet the locals and enjoy real, 'fair dinkum' country hospitality.

Next market is 8.30am to around noon on April 7, Hickory Street, Dorrigo. For more information phone (02) 6657 1119.


THE Glenreagh Community Markets are held on the first Saturday of every month in the School of Arts Hall and surrounding grounds from 8am-12.30pm. Come and browse these friendly markets, heaps of bargains. Bric a Brac, candles, soaps, plants, books old & new, collectables, knitwear, handmade and homemade goodies & much, much more We have over 20 stalls including George's famous locally produced beef pies. Plus a monthly raffle.

Our Markets is a great place to visit, meet friends for a Devonshire "cuppa” and introduce yourself to some of the friendly locals. Sit in the supper room and enjoy a tea, coffee, freshly cooked scones or maybe an egg & bacon roll, everything cooked fresh in our kitchen. The Museum is opened and full of local history, gold coin donation. Something for everyone.

The next market will be on April 7 at School of Arts Hall, 62 Coramba Street, Glenreagh. Phone (02) 6649 0867 or email jenalan5@

CARNIVAL TIME: The Coffs Harbour Show will be held on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at the Coffs Harbour Showground.
CARNIVAL TIME: The Coffs Harbour Show will be held on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at the Coffs Harbour Showground.


THE Coffs Harbour Show is on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. The show includes cattle, fireworks, demolition derby, horses, exhibition hall, poultry, showgirl competition, wood chopping. Rides and sideshows, kids zone, face painting, farmyard animals, cake decorating, cats, reptile shows, 2.30pm grand parade and much more.

Open Friday 10am-10pm and Saturday 9am-10pm (horses will still start 8am both days). Gate prices: $15 adult 16yrs & over; $10 child 3-15yrs; $10 aged pensioner (must show card); $40 family ticket -2a2c (arriving together). Coffs Harbour Showground, 123 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour. Phone (02) 6651 1245 or email


GIINAGAY - Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience is held on the Second Saturday of the Month throughout the year with the next being held on April 14. This year, we are changing the times of our tour and markets to help beat the heat and to bring it all together for a fun-filled morning up at the lookout.

The Giingan Experience takes place at an important cultural site of the Gumbaynggirr people, within the Orara East State Forest. Bask in the ambience of 360 degree views and immerse in the local Gumbaynggirr culture. The Giingan Markets and Nyanggan Gapi van are open to all visitors to the lookout.

Tickets can be purchased to attend the Giingan Tour through our website (link below) or on the day through our Nyanggan Gapi Van. Located at Forest Sky Pier@Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest, Korora. for more information phone 0409 926 747 or email: Bookings and payment for the Giingan Tour can be made through the BMNAC website:

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