In October the group of painting friends known as the Gully Gang will hold its tenth and final exhibition at the Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, Lambie Street, Cooma.
After a series of informal painting weekends several years ago, the group decided that having to meet an annual deadline would encourage them all to make time for painting in spite of other commitments. This motivation has resulted in their nine very successful exhibitions at the Raglan Gallery.
The group was shocked and saddened in February by the sudden death of David Morgan. Always a “last-minute” gangster, David had not completed work for this show because he was preoccupied with extensive renovations. However in the midst of all the building chaos, he had effortlessly painted three doors in his inimitable quirky style. One of these will be displayed at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition as a memorial tribute to David.
As well as the annual Coopes Challenge, for which each artist paints to a given theme, there is an additional challenge for this last year – a BIG picture. A major change in format can prove quite daunting, and it will be interesting to see the response.
The Gully Gang openings are always entertaining. David Marr is an exceptional speaker, really not to be missed! – and everyone is most welcome to enjoy the afternoon, the food and wine, and of course the many diverse paintings on display.