Friday Artists eager to present 2024 exhibition Stepping Out in Narrogin this month

Daniel RooneyNarrogin Observer
The Friday Artists are looking forward to Stepping Out.
Camera IconThe Friday Artists are looking forward to Stepping Out. Credit: Supplied

Paint and passion have been flying thick and fast in Narrogin as the Friday Artists get ready to deliver their 2024 exhibition Stepping Out.

The show captures exploration and growth, something Narrogin Art Group treasurer Lynne Dorset said reflects the energy of the collective.

“We’re just growing at the moment,” she said.

Narrogin Art Group treasurer Lynne Dorset with artist Peter Denton.
Camera IconNarrogin Art Group treasurer Lynne Dorset with artist Peter Denton. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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“I think we’ve got a great vibe here and people have realised that.”

Cuballing-based artist Peter Denton linked the surge to a rise in the profile of the arts in the region.

“I think a lot of it is spinning off from Arts Narrogin itself,” Denton said.

“They do a lot of promoting and they’ve done a lot of good for our group, they quite happily do brochures for us and advertising and all that sort of thing.

“They’ve got to take some credit . . . we as a group have got to take a lot of credit too.”

The collective has been enjoying recognition across the Wheatbelt South with members Tania Smith and Trevor Stringer receiving people’s choice awards at recent exhibitions in Beverley and Kulin.

“There’s a lot of artists that are coming out of the woodwork, they’ve heard about the group and what’s happening here so they’re willing to participate,” Denton said.

“There’s a lot of talented people out there, they just don’t get exposure and that’s the biggest issue.”

Members of the collective will present up to four works each and about 60 works will be exhibited.

“We’re all trying different things,” Dorset said.

“Stepping out of our comfort zones — that’s what it’s all about.

The group’s 2023 exhibition drew a big crowd and like last year work across several mediums will be on display.

“I think it will hold the public,” Denton said of the show.

The group’s 2023 exhibition was well received.
Camera IconThe group’s 2023 exhibition was well received. Credit: Daniel Rooney

“And of course, on the last day we’re advertising a Mother’s Day event so mothers can come along and view the exhibition and have a free afternoon tea.”

An official opening for the exhibition will be held at NEXIS at 2pm on April 20.

The gallery space will be open from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Thursday and Stepping Out will end with a Mother’s Day afternoon tea from 2pm on May 12.

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