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Cowgirl to open Bangalow artists’ galleries

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Artist Gabriel Rosati with her feet up after wrangling cowgirls. Photo Jeff Dawson
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A former industrial space in Bangalow has been transformed into the Artsyard, a new block of artists’ studios that overlooks the beautiful Byron Creek.

Co-creator and artist Gabriel Rosati said, ‘When we came here the creek banks were covered with lantana and whole place had a beige and uncared-for feel to it. We knew it had beautiful “bones”, and by utilising recycled materials we are slowly bringing the whole place back to life.’

As for the question of ‘why cowgirls?’ for her exhibition opening at the space, Ms Rosati says that she has always felt an affinity for cowgirls. ‘I suppose they are my alter ego.’

‘I’ve always had a strong affinity for them. They are a symbol of women’s strength and freedom and a kind of metaphor for women to be who they want to be.

‘I love colour. The colours I use are very strong and I often use pigments to add intensity and excitement.

‘A good discordant colour vibrates. I also love horses; they represent beauty, strength, speed and calm for me. So the exhibition is about that love and longing for freedom.’

Tonight from 6pm, the public are invited to join in the Artsyard grand opening, along with the Cowgirls and Other Attractions exhibition.

‘We have lined up a true collection of wonderful musicians, poets and fun-seekers for the evening. Performing is DJ Supernova Jade; Phil Frea and The Rendang, known for their freestyle jazz; and the original James Johnson, along with a super menu of food from local providers,’ said Ms Rosati. The studio is located just out of Bangalow on the Lismore road.

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