It was a welcome return for the Creative Friends group on Friday, September 24, when they gathered to exhibit their artworks at the Narrabri Art and Craft gallery.

The group has been meeting regularly to refine their individual artistic talents in the art and craft workroom for nearly a decade.

With their annual exhibition a favourite among local art enthusiasts, the group did not want to miss out on a 2021 exhibition.

The easing of restrictions was a long-awaited reprieve and 13 artists showcased several of their artworks in various mediums of watercolour, pastels and acrylics.

Locals Zachariah Buckman, Judy Nobilo, Barbara Francis, Helen Smith, Heather Tailby, Jenny Grellman, Carolyn Davis, Robin Stieger, Christine Fry, Judith Cameron, Leone Buckman, Olwyn Campey and Craig Salmon exhibited.

Passing on tips and knowledge to each other is a major benefit for participants in the Creative Friends art group.

With a range of experience from beginners to masters, participants gather to develop their skills with the motivation and comradery of good company, rather than participating in an art instruction class.

The culmination of finished artworks, exhibiting and selling, raises incentives to keep on going and will press the refresh button for those who may not have painted for a while.

Exhibiting artist Robin Stieger was very happy with the number of visitors who came along on Friday evening.

“We really appreciate those who came to the exhibition, even if it meant waiting in line for a short time to get into the gallery to adhere to social distancing rules”.

Attendees were able to relax outside in the courtyard with drinks and canapés.

“It was so good to see a large range of artists with differing styles, sold their works on Friday evening. After a long break from getting together, this is a wonderful outcome,” Jenny Grellman, a long-time member of the Creative Friends group, said.

Gallery coordinator Janice Smith was pleased with the attendance and support from the local community.

“We were very happy that we managed to take advantage of the window in which we could stage the exhibition, and it was well supported with great sales,” Mrs Smith said.

The exhibition runs until the end of October from 10am-3pm weekdays”.

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