Inside Garden will be first of many exhibitions at Coorong Gallery in 2019

Comfort Inn Riviera - SAHMRI is an example of Robyn Stacey's work, which will go on show at the Coorong Gallery during 2019. Photo: Coorong District Council.
Comfort Inn Riviera - SAHMRI is an example of Robyn Stacey's work, which will go on show at the Coorong Gallery during 2019. Photo: Coorong District Council.

An exhibition offering some relief from the hot summer weather will kick off the Coorong Gallery's 2019 program this Friday.

Inside Garden will be a visual interpretation of the district's environment.

Arts and community development officer Susie Ifould said a mix of history, Aboriginal and contemporary art would follow throughout the year.

As well as giving people something nice to look at, attracting visitors and sparking discussions, the council said its arts program had contributed to residents' mental health, social connectedness and learning.

Mayor Paul Simmons admitted the arts was "a new area" for him, but said he had seen the benefits firsthand.

"People, especially those living in rural and remote areas, are using the Coorong arts program to get to know others in their community and bring colour and life to some of our public spaces," he said.

"You only need to drive past the giant Coonalpyn mosaic to view an example."

Giving local artists an opportunity to show and sell their works was also worthwhile, he said.

Exhibitions for 2019

  • Inside Garden, a visual interpretation of the Coorong environment, February 8 to April 5
  • Why Tintinara?, memorabilia and photographs from the town's early history, April 12 to June 7
  • Ray of Light, camera obscura works by Robyn Stacey, June 14 to July 26
  • SALA Festival, works by local artists across three venues, August 2 to September 27
  • First Impressions, works by printmaker Jorgi Gardener, Ngarrindjeri and Coorong artists, October 4 to November 29
  • My Paintings Speak for Me, a chronicle of the Oodnadatta mission in the 1950s by Kunyi June Anne McInerney, from December 6

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