Art and mu­sic are 'Bridg­ing The Gap'

Dubbo Photo News - - Wellington Arts - By JOHN RYAN

WELLING­TON is rapidly be­com­ing an arts hub for the re­gion with two stand-out Jan­uary events, a month where most peo­ple out west knock off and head to the coast if they can.

The dy­namic vol­un­teer Welling­ton Arts com­mit­tee is kick­ing off on Mon­day, Jan­uary 14, with the of­fi­cial open­ing of 'Bridg­ing The Gap', an art ex­hi­bi­tion mark­ing 30 years since the town’s bridge col­lapsed into the Mac­quarie River.

It’ll be held at the Western Stores build­ing on the cor­ner of Nan­ima Cres­cent and Swift Streets from 6.30pm.

“This gala event will show­case artists from across our re­gion with their per­sonal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the term 'Bridg­ing the Gap'," ac­cord­ing to Welling­ton Arts' Nat­acha Richards.

“All en­tered art­works are for sale and the win­ners of the prize cat­e­gories will be an­nounced on the night. The Peo­ple's Choice Award will open for vot­ing, the win­ner of which will be an­nounced on Jan­uary 20,” Ms Richards said.

“Welling­ton Arts has been for­tu­nate in ac­quir­ing two pri­vate col­lec­tions that will be a spe­cial fea­ture of the evening – the first pub­lic view­ing and ac­cess to pur­chase works from one of these col­lec­tions fea­tur­ing artists such as David Mid­dle­brook, Ker­rie Coles, James Ge­orge Wil­mot, Mathew Perce­val and Brian Roberts to name a few.

“Come out with friends for the evening and en­joy the ma­jes­tic at­mos­phere of the Western Stores Gallery, with en­try at $20 per per­son and in­clud­ing a com­pli­men­tary drink and Graz­ing Ta­ble,” she said.

If you can’t make it to the open­ing night, the ex­hi­bi­tion will be open from Jan­uary 15-20 with en­try of a gold coin do­na­tion.

On Tues­day, Jan­uary 15, “Mu­sic in Be­tween @ the Welling­ton Caves” kicks off.

Guests are in­vited to sit back un­der the cool shade of the trees at the Welling­ton Caves Bar­be­cue area for a bliss­ful night out, re­lax­ing on pic­nic blan­kets, lis­ten­ing to lo­cal mu­si­cians and snack­ing on gourmet graz­ing boxes.

Mu­sic in Be­tween @ the Caves is a fam­ily event with lo­cal mu­si­cians Ash­leigh Parkes, Jack Broome and El­lie Flan­na­gan, as well as Syd­ney band Dar­lene Sings the Di­vas whose lead singer is lo­cal in­dige­nous woman Dar­lene Proberts.

Ac­tiv­i­ties and mu­sic events for the kids start from 4pm and there’ll be mar­ket stalls and mu­sic through­out the evening.

Tag along for the first night tour of the fa­mous Cathe­dral Cave and sup­port Welling­ton Lions with their bar­be­cue.

If you’re go­ing to need sus­te­nance or a pick-me-up, place your or­ders for Je­spresso Cof­fee Cart and Gourmet Graz­ing Boxes (to be picked up at the event) – or­ders can be made at Mallee Hens Nest or email in­fow­elling­[email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion.

“Both events will be mag­nif­i­cent nights out and just two of the many events hap­pen­ing in Welling­ton from Jan­uary 13-20 for Mu­sic In Be­tween,” Ms Richards said.

Mu­sic In Be­tween is a con­cept aimed at cap­tur­ing some of the crowds trav­el­ling be­tween the Parkes Elvis Fes­ti­val and Tam­worth’s Coun­try Mu­sic events.

 welling­tonarts.org.au

PHOTO: COUR­TESY OF WELLING­TON ARTS

Welling­ton's Mu­sic In Be­tween fes­ti­val this month will bring a mix of art ex­hi­bi­tions and mu­sic tal­ent to town.

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