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.
Next weekend the Inverell Male Choir are visiting Barraba to give a concert. The concert is part of the Frost Over Barraba festival and will be held in St Laurence's Anglican Church. The church is on the corner of Maud and Gotha streets, only a stone's throw from the other Frost exhibitions. Starting at 1.30pm on Saturday 30 June entry to the concert is by donation...large, small or tiny...it's your choice. St Laurence's famous organ will also feature. The church is a historic building so dress warmly.
Also happening at St Laurence's on Saturday is the Frost Fair (more detais below) and the Artists At Work in the nearby Youth Centre.
During Frost on Saturday a shuttle bus will be running. So there's a simple option for visiting multiple venues for those who don't want to walk. For those happy to walk the venues are no more than 5 minutes from each other.
Frost Fair gets under way on Saturday 30 June just after nine o’clock when the frost has gone! This family event in the grounds of St. Laurence’s church has always been part of the Arts Festival. The Barraba Band sets an upbeat festive mood and there will be children’s items throughout the morning. The Kids' Korner with lots of fun activities , as well as the jumping castle, is always a popular place for the children. There will be the usual myriad of stalls... bric-a-brac, plants, books, clothing, handmade and of course great home cooking. You need to be early to claim one of the famous sponges. Food stalls are very popular too with a choice of morning tea soup and the late morning/lunchtime BBQ. A Vintage and Collectibles Stall will have some surprising finds for everyone.
The Saturday afternoon concert at 1.30pm will conclude the Frost Fair and will feature the Inverell Male Choir with their varied bill of loved melodies and humour. The Thomas Jones Organ will also feature at the concert.
The Frost committee is a passionate group of Barraba locals, who are working hard to pull off a fabulous event.