Deborah Flannery is the new owner of the Riverbank Gallery on Gaskill Street, and she’s bringing some great ideas to the table. The sign outside, created by the Canowindra Men’s Shed, says in bright green and pink chalk that the café is open for coffee from 6am, making it the earliest opening café in Canowindra. The café includes a grassy seating area surrounding by flower beds and shaded by red umbrellas. “I’ve also got a juice bar in the pipe line which will feature all local produce” says Deb excitedly. Inside, the Gallery is decorated with new stock including handmade shell and coral jewellery by Jennifer Brocks, pewter cutlery made by Wolfgang with Australian touches like a koala-topped sugar spoon and 100% Aussie silk clothing from the Peacock range, “we will be the only dealer of this particular silk range in the entire Central West,” says Deb. On top of these new additions will be artworks from Bobbi Angelini and Kay Gorringe adorning the walls. “I’d like to get the schools involved with creating art, get aged care involved…maybe even pets! I want to make art fun, approachable and local, this Gallery is going to be all about Canowindra.” The Gallery is due to open in the New Year.
By Rhi Quinn