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Doors open to Gallery Kaiela

Shepparton's Gallery Kaiela has opened with an exhibition showcasing the talents of local Indigenous artists.

ESTELLE GRIEPINK December 16, 2013 4:10am

Chelise Kirby, 6, from Mooroopna, with hand-made didgeridoos at the opening of Gallery Kaiela.

More than 50 people gathered at Gallery Kaiela to celebrate its first exhibition at its new High St space on Thursday evening.

Two of the gallery’s premier artists, Shepparton’s Eric Brown and Mooroopna’s Cynthia Bux, were selected as the first artists to show their work in the new space.

Mr Brown is a Kamilaroi man who has been painting for almost 20 years.

The self-taught artist uses traditional colours and a variety of mediums, including canvas, wood and kangaroo skin.

Mr Brown said he was pleased to be part of Thursday’s event, where he showed his famous carved emu eggs and acrylic paintings.

‘‘It feels really good — I know a lot of people have been looking (at my work), it’s good to get recognition,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m constantly working, I’m always doing it.’’

Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman Cynthia Bux described the night as overwhelming.

She showed nine acrylic paintings she said she had worked on since August.

‘‘I do my painting on the kitchen table — my kitchen is like a gallery,’’ Ms Bux said.

‘‘I’m inspired by my travels — I see patterns and I like to put them in (my paintings.)’’

Gallery manager Angie Russi said the gallery was already benefiting from the move.

‘‘We are so happy to have our new space — being on the main street our visitation is much higher and the feedback we’re getting has all been very positive,’’ Ms Russi said.

Mr Brown agreed the gallery’s new location should increase foot traffic.

‘‘It’s better because it’ll get more recognition from this spot, and a variety of people from the community will come in,’’ he said.

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