Taree Craft Cottage opened its doors to 50 guests who arrived to preview and have the first look at the Hindmarsh Collection, and they weren't disappointed.
The collection consists of almost 50 original artworks by well known local artists Ron and Helen Hindmarsh who have decided to part with their personal collection painted over the past 30 years.
The range of subjects trace the couple's journeys throughout Australia and overseas and mediums used include oils, watercolour, pastels, pen and wash and acrylics.
Several large landscapes and stunning still life paintings were snapped up by the appreciative audience at Sunday's opening, and where possible all paintings are being left in place for the next two weeks, for the duration of the exhibition.
The collection was officially opened by Cameron Marshall of ABC Radio who spoke about his long association with Ron and Helen through their years of community involvement and fundraising for good causes.
Ron and Helen have each donated a painting to be raffled, with the proceeds being shared between two local charities, Manning Valley Push 4 Palliative and Art and Soul PTSD therapy art classes. Tickets will be available at the craft cottage throughout the exhibition and up until the drawing on July 31.
Ron has also donated a pen and wash framed drawing of the old Skinner's Butcher Shop at Wingham and visitors to the exhibition can win this original sketch by voting for their favourite painting in the collection, and placing their vote in the box provided.
The Hindmarsh Collection will be on display at Taree Craft Cottage for two weeks and will finish on Saturday, July 20. Opening hours are 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 1pm Saturdays. Admission is free, and the cottage café is open for morning teas and light lunches. Enquiries to 6551 5777.
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