Community stalwart Tommy Jeffs has thrown his support behind Canowindra Arts Inc at a crucial time for the group – offering
his palatial Montrose House as the setting for its “Reflections” art exhibition in October. Tommy has turned the entire mansion over to the group’s artists for the two-week exhibition and even offered to host a buffet for the show’s official opening, which is expected
to combine with the opening of this year’s Canowindra Baroquefest on Friday October 13.
His invitation comes as a timely rescue for the group, which has been searching unsuccessfully for a suitable new venue for its October exhibition since the recent sale of the old IGA building in Gaskill Street. “After three very successful exhibitions the lack of a new showplace has temporarily put the brakes on our development as a new Canowindra arts and cultural hub,” says Canowindra Arts chairman, Arthur Falconer.
“Tommy’s wonderful gesture means we’ll not only have the rich decor of Montrose House in which to show our artists’ works in October, but it’ll also allow us valuable time to begin seeking new State Government arts funding for a permanent arts centre and showplace in Canowindra.”
Canowindra Arts is planning to apply for a grant within the NSW government’s keynote $100 million Regional Cultural Fund, announced last week, in a bid to secure permanent premises in the town for future exhibitions and arts and community development.
By Derek Maitland