After many days of work from a team of people the main exhibition for Frost is hung. The exhibition is looking fabulous. The judges have made a careful assessment of the works today and decided on the prize-winners. Some winners will be announced tonight. The catering and wine teams are getting ready to go for tonight's opening. The Youth Centre at St Laurence's has been decked out with the youth artworks and looks stunning. Tomorrow eight artists move into the space as well. They will demonstrate how they create their work. Groups from both Barraba's primary schools are coming over to have a look. The members of the Claypan have also mounted an exhibition of their artworks, quilts and handcrafts. They also are showing some fine paintings of Rupert Richardson, an acclaimed painter. Morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas will be available for modest prices at all these venues provided by a variety of local charity groups. There is another exhibition at the Pantry (corned Alice and Queen Streets) put on by local art collective MOB. It's an interesting show.
The frosts have started in Barraba. Locals say they always start around Anzac Day.
Preparation for this year's Arts Festival continue apace. This week, volunteers are busy organising tickets for Preview Night, working on the design for the hanging partitions, getting out media releases and getting final details from all the guest artists and judges. Entries are slowly begining to trickle in. Experienced campaigner Margaret Harris assures us that this is quite normal, entries will flood in at the last minute, as always.
Preview Night is all organised, with Kevin Anderson coming to open the Festival, and the announcement of the major aquisitive prize of $2000, generously donated by New England Mutual.
The Frost committee is a passionate group of Barraba locals, who are working hard to pull off a fabulous event.