The Grad season: opening salvo….

Well, it’s now officially on; Grad Season 2012. And first cab off the rank (in our orbit, anyways) was the Bega Valley Regional Gallery with the HSC  Visual Arts Students from Eden Marine High, Bega High and Lumen Christi, augmented by the graduating class (ceramics) from the Illawarra TAFE.

Great turnout for the opening – and the big excitement of the evening was Dr David Sequeira, who kindly did the honours of launching this latest wave of regeneration across our artistically fecund(!) corner of NSW…



He held the crowd in utter thrall – which was, of course, precisely why Megsie asked him to open the show…



Everybody loved him.

Meanwhile there’s some seriously classy work in this exhibition, from Shannon Reynold’s Ideal Reality (Lumen Christi)



(which picked up the Bega Valley Art and Craft Society’s Linda Deighton Youth Encouragement Award) to Harrison Balodis’s astonishing Ring-a ring a Rosie, We all fall down (Eden Marine High)…



And how fabulous to see the craft scene thriving – just get a load of this sweet occasional table (North Queensland Red Carabeen) from Eden Marine High student Grover Gillespie…



…and this amazing slide guitar…



…which maker Kane Gardayer (also from Eden Marine High) will be taking to his audition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in a couple of weeks.

And then there’s Argentinian Ernesto San Juan’s gorgeous stoneware…



Too cute for words.

The future of the local arts community clearly augurs well. More highlights here.

Get in quick though, folks – it’s only up until the 8th December.

And then hold on to your hats – next week is the EASS Patrons Day/Grad Show at the ANU School of Art…whacko the diddlee…oh oh.

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