Art Packs Them In!

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On Friday evening around 300 people packed into the Coffs Harbour Courthouse to celebrate and support the arts at the Arts Goes To Court event. A fundraiser by the Friends of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery was many months in the making and the hard work by volunteers has paid off.

Opened for the first time for an evening function, the courthouse hosted performances by the local Young Actors Studio, John Thiering’s world famous sand paintings and spine-tingling songs by Scott Muller from Ten Tenors fame.

Organiser and lawyer, Heather McKinnon opened the event with Mayor, Denise Knight, and took the audience on a historical journey of the arts in Coffs Harbour.

ABC’s James Valentine did not disappoint when he engaged the large audience in sharing his humorous stories and guided an entertaining ‘pub chat’ with inspiring art identities, Lisa Slade, Jo Besley, Dave Horsley and Belinda Lemair. Ideas for developing our own cultural identity for further growth included transforming our shopping arcades into art spaces and encouraging art lovers to develop new initiatives in town by gathering the necessary support to make them happen.

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