THE current exhibition at Port Stephens Community Arts Centre (PSCAC) is “Our Wild World”.
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This exhibition runs until 6 November 2018.
The gallery is filled with a stunning display of works to delight the most discerning wildlife art collector, comprising of vibrant, colourful paintings of the wild life of the world.
The centre’s Feature Artist from 17 October – 6 November is Iris Clench who was born in England and completed her education in South London and worked up until 1969 when she immigrated to Australia.
In 1973 Iris travelled with her husband and family to Johannesburg, South Africa for a year.
While in Africa Iris visited the wild life parks and developed a love as well as an appreciation of animals.
Iris and family lived in Sydney while bringing up her family, on retirement, she moved to Anna Bay, where she joined Port Stephens Community Art Centre approximately a year later.
Iris has no formal art training but her love of drawing especially as a child has helped in many ways. Iris has attended a number of workshops as well as learning new techniques with the use of watercolour and acrylic, working closely with other artists.
Iris exhibits and sells her work in the PSCAC gallery.
Iris also enjoys undertaking private commissions, covering a number of subjects. Iris told News Of the Area “Painting is so rewarding and relaxing and I would encourage anyone to just have a go, it is such fun too.”
The centre is also holding a second exhibition of mosaics with colourful and variegated patterns being produced through combining together small pieces of stone, tile, glass etc. to produce some wonderful effects.
Admission to the Gallery is free. Why not visit the Garden Café which will be serving light lunches, coffee and homemade cakes the café is always open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 -2:30 pm at Cultural Close, off Shoal Bay Road in Nelson Bay.
The Port Stephens Community Arts Centre and Gallery is open to the public 10-4 pm daily.
By Marian SAMPSON