ARTISTIC OPPORTUNITY: The historic Yulgilbar Castle is the setting for Art in the Paddock.
ARTISTIC OPPORTUNITY: The historic Yulgilbar Castle is the setting for Art in the Paddock.

Art in the Paddock a delight for all art lovers

WHEN Grafton Regional Gallery director Jude McBean retired last year, most people might have expected her to put her feet up, but instead she will be in the thick of things at the upcoming Art in the Paddock.

Although no longer the gallery director, Jude is still very much a member of the local arts community and still doing her best to promote artistic events around the area as a member of the board for the Gallery Foundation which runs the bi-annual Art in the Paddock event.

The Gallery Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent not-for-profit organisation to support the growth, infrastructure and collection of the Grafton Regional Gallery.

Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $450,000 and has directly or indirectly contributed more than $100,000 to the gallery's infrastructure and collection.

Jude said as one of the Gallery Foundation's major fundraisers, the Art in the Paddock event on June 2 was always eagerly anticipated, with tickets selling out fast.

This year it is particularly popular, returning to the famed Yulgilbar Castle - a location which many Clarence Valley families have a connection to.

This year, Art in the Paddock guests will be treated to a day of fine arts on display and also available to purchase, fine art demonstrations, sketching activities, and great food and music.

It also includes an already sold-out high tea, barbecue, a home-made lemonade stall and a bar offering selected regional wines and beers.

However what organisers need now are more artists and artisans.

"We are still wanting more artists. We've got 25 at the moment," Jude said explaining that they usually get a rush of artists joining in at the last minute.

She said Art in the Paddock was a chance to wander through the mature gardens that look over the Clarence River, enjoy a rolling program of live music and a display by more than 50 artists.

Sculptors, blacksmiths, potters, leather workers, glass makers and textile artists are just some of the artisans presenting their work.

"This is the second time Art in the Paddock has been held at Yulgilbar Castle - a very rare opportunity that may not be available again," she said.

"Art in the Paddock is a very big gathering of artists, craftspeople and art lovers of the Clarence Valley and our nearby regions.

"This fundraiser is presented by the Gallery Foundation, a group of art-loving volunteers who work to ensure the lively future of the Grafton Regional Gallery."

She said as well as being a great way for artists and artisans from all over the wide-spread Clarence Valley to showcase their work, it was also a chance for art lovers to see what was out there to purchase and to see some of the artists at work, as well as sampling lots of different produce from around the region.

Artists and attendees can book at Eventbrite by searching Art in the Paddock.