Coffs Harbour Creative Arts Group open ‘Black White and Red’

The opening party for Coffs Harbour Creative Arts Group’s latest exhibition, ‘Black White and Red’.

‘BLACK White and Red’, the Coffs Harbour Creative Arts Group’s (CHCAG) first exhibition for 2024, is now on display at the Coffs Harbour Showground Gallery.

A convivial gathering at the gallery on Sunday 4 February officially opened the exhibition.

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“Black White and Red has really inspired our members,” CHCAG President Sue Roberts told News Of The Area.

“I’m thrilled at the number of entries and the sheer variety of works both on and off the walls.”

Sue said it was gratifying to have lots of members and guests attend the opening; enjoying a social occasion and the artworks.

“I also had the pleasure of awarding our long-term member, Treasurer and my ‘right-hand-man’, Maxine Kohlhagen, with Lifetime Membership.

“Maxine has been an integral part of the group for many, many years, and is an accomplished artist, calligrapher, and porcelain painter, too.”

The People’s Choice Award winner of the CHCAG Members End of Year exhibition, which closed on 31 January, was also announced at the gathering.

A delighted Ken Pay, who won the accolade for his ‘View from Gallery Window’ acrylic painting, explained to the audience the inspiration and story behind the depicted scene.

“It’s a real thrill to win People’s Choice, knowing your work was liked and appreciated equally by members and visitors,” he said.

CHCAG Term 1 classes begin on Monday 12 February, with many of the classes already fully booked, as well as a program of workshops.

“We’re pleased to be offering a range of workshops over the coming months: Pastels, Watercolours, Mixed Media, Alcohol Inks, and Advanced Gelli Printing,” said Sue.

“It’s indicative of the range of interests and talents of our members while catering for the beginner and advanced student alike.”

Black White and Red is on display until Wednesday 3 April.

The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm, with free entry.

All artworks are for sale.

Visit the Coffs Harbour Creative Arts Group’s website or Facebook page for more information, or contact CHCAG President Sue Roberts on 0428 491 862 or email


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