A true feather in Maitland's cap
When I found out that the 500,000th visitor was set to walk through the doors of Maitland Regional Art Gallery this weekend, I knew I had to write about it in my column.
MRAG has become a bright and colourful feather that Maitland is lucky to have in its cap. Over the last nine years it has become one of the state’s premier regional art galleries and I think the fact that it has welcomed half a million visitors in a reasonably short period of time demonstrates that.
I’m excited to say that the team at MRAG are putting on a big weekend to celebrate this milestone by launching six new exhibitions, a live performance and a series of art workshops.Celebrations start Friday evening with ‘Sip & Sketch’, a casual drawing class run in the company of live music and cool drinks. This will be followed on Saturday with a series of round-robin style artist talks and a flamenco performance inspired by two exhibitions, the Maitland International Salon of Photography and Spaniard-at-heart Lionel Lindsay’s Lionel’s Place. In addition, one of Spain’s most accomplished guitarists and now Maitland resident, Paco Lara will perform live on Saturday with Paterson bred flamenco dancer Deya Miranda. The fun continues on Sunday with a sewing circle with Queensland artist Karike Ashworth and there will also be a Free Art Sunday workshop for families.
If you have time this weekend, I really recommend getting out to MRAG and celebrating this wonderful facility.For times and for everything else you need to know about this weekend’s activities visit mrag.org.au
I just want to mention how much fun Maitland Taste was on the weekend. The weather was perfect and the mood of festival goers really matched the whole theme of the festival which was great. I learned some great gardening and cooking tips, and was lucky enough to get my hands on some delicious street food. It was great to meet chef Matt Golinski as well. What a talented man he is. Unfortunately though, I think some of those dishes he did might just be beyond my skills in the kitchen. Even so, it was great to watch in awe. I can’t wait to do it all again next year.