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February 28, 2021

Oh the Stories Clouds Tell

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Clunes sculptor and painter Geoffrey Cotton has turned cloud watching into an art form.

His exhibition of sculptures and paintings Stories Clouds Tell is on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from this Friday until 30 March.

Geoffrey Cotton’s exhibition has brought the clouds inside.

‘I don’t know when I first became so intrigued by clouds. Maybe it came upon me slowly, watching all those sulky Tasmanian skies of my childhood and feeling the emotional lift that the blue skies of summer and kids’ drawings of fluffy white clouds brought to me,’ he said.

Cotton only recently trained as a professional artist, enrolling at Southern Cross University in Lismore at the age of 55. In his final semester, he undertook an exchange to the University of Massachusetts in the US. The trip exposed him to very experienced teachers and practising artists, and the vitality of the art scene in nearby New York.

Gallery director Susi Muddiman said: ‘Visitors will be entranced by Geoff’s sculptures. They are evocative and atmospheric, ethereal in their concept and calming in their reality. They have such a relaxing effect on the view – they bring the outside into the stunning architecture of the building, adding a sculptural element to the gallery.’

All are welcome to attend the opening at 6pm on Friday. 
And on Sunday February 9 from 10.30am till 12.30pm, kids six years and older and their carers are invited to join the artist in a cloud-making workshop.

Bookings are essential. Cost: Kids $40 (additional $10 for carer).

On the same day at 2pm, Cotton will give a free exhibition floor talk, when he will discuss the works, his inspiration, techniques, tools and materials.


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