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Classic to show off shire's artists

ARTY AMBITION: Showing off their artwork are Melinda Blair Paterson, Wendy Powitt and Jan Rae with Classic co-ordinator Tess Cullen (right).
ARTY AMBITION: Showing off their artwork are Melinda Blair Paterson, Wendy Powitt and Jan Rae with Classic co-ordinator Tess Cullen (right). Jann Burmester

FOR Byron Bay artist Melinda Blair Paterson, the Byron Arts Classic is a wonderful way for artists to show off their works.

"It's a great way for artists, whether they're just starting out or whether they are professional, to see each other's works and a great opportunity for the community as well," she said.

Melinda is returning to the Classic after a few years break.

She completed her art training at TAFE in 2010.

This year's classic will run from January 11 to 16 at the Byron Community Centre.

The judges will include the director of the Grafton Regional Gallery, Jude McBean; senior lecturer in photography at Southern Cross University, Dr Dean Bruton and painter and owner of Bangalow's Windhorse Gallery, Peter Mortimore.

Ms McBean established herself as a North Coast artist after moving from Sydney to Grafton in 1983.

Dr Bruton recently moved to the Northern Rivers taking up a position at SCU lecturing in photography.

He has a passion for photography and visual arts research.

Mr Mortimore has judged numerous art shows, and gives serious consideration to every work.

Classic co-ordinator Tess Cullen said the exhibition would not be possible without the continuing support of the community.

Prizes will range from $200 to $2000.

Registration closes next Monday (December 3). Forms can be submitted to the Byron Community Centre or found here.

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