Works from the Gallery Collection on display around the Clarence Valley.
Grafton Library - HSC Visual Arts Students
11 December 2019 - 8 February 2020
Featuring the works of selected HSC Visual Arts students from South Grafton, Grafton and Maclean High Schools.
The Port of Yamba Historical Society Inc - Birds of the Clarence by Gladys O’Grady
3rd December 2019 – 29th January 2020
This beautiful exhibition highlights Gladys O’Grady’s wonderful watercolour paintings of some of the birds that are native to the Clarence Valley. Gladys often spent as much effort in creating realistic landscapes as backdrops to her subjects as she did the birds themselves. At Tristania, the family dairy farm on the Clarence River where Gladys lived most of her life, the rainforest gullies and river banks were home to a myriad of native species of flora and fauna, her main subject matter. The specific geographic and climatic conditions of this region provide an overlap zone for temperate and tropical bird and plant species. These exquisite watercolours detail this rich variety.
A keen ornithologist throuhout her long life, Gladys recorded and painted many bird species, depictiing their breeding and nesting habits, thereby providing a priceless record of birds, both indigenous to the North Coast of NSW and those whose migratory paths pass through the region.
In time O’Grady’s reputation as a bird artist grew Her detailed accuracy was recognised and appreciated within ornithological circles: she was awarded Life Membership of the Gould League of Bird Lovers and was also a Life Member of the Clarence Valley Naturalists Club.
Gladys O’Grady passed away on 22 June 1985, aged 91 years. View details of the exhibition
Image credit: HSC Visual Arts Students exhibition at Grafton Library, 2019 installation.