Caldera ArtFest coordinator Andy Reimanis
Caldera ArtFest coordinator Andy Reimanis

Festivals join forces to promote arts

THE Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music and the Caldera ArtFest are cooperating for the third time this year.

The two organisations have come up with some new initiatives which help to achieve their aim to promote the work of quality artists and art events of the region.

From September 7 until September 9, the festival of classical music will host an exhibition of works by selected Caldera artists.

The event will also play host to five artists in residence who will be at the hall with easel, canvas and paint to show visitors how they produce their art and engage people in discussions about the way Australia's Green Cauldron is depicted in their work.

Caldera ArtFest coordinator Andy Reimanis said Caldera Art promoted the natural beauty of the environment and the cooperation between the two festivals had a natural synergy.

Mr Reimanis said both festivals were about creative arts and aimed to promote sustainability and the natural environment.

Every weekend, Mr Reimanis teaches aspiring artists at his studio at Murwillumbah's visitor centre, however, during the Tyalgum festival will conduct his classes at Tyalgum's hall.

Artists in residence will include Karyn Fendley, a landscape artist who works with acrylic and mixed media on canvas, and Marika Bryant who "loves to breathe life into a painting".

Ms Fendley's paintings "explore the underlying structure of natural forms and the connection between landscapes, memory and the subconscious".

The Tyalgum festival committee will also offer an annual prize which will see the committee choose a winner from Caldera ArtFest entries and provide the winning artist with a two night accommodation package at Mavis's Kitchen at Mt Warning.

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