29.4.11 Salon des Refuses

Various Local Artists - Salon des Refuses

29TH APRIL 2011: The opening night and celebration for the

Salon des Refuses

at the Serpentine Community Gallery on Friday from 6pm.

Speeches and official welcome at 7pm.

This is an historical event in the tradition of the Lismore Portraiture Prize

and the arts culture in the Northern Rivers.

Historically, the Salon des Refuses

is an exhibition of the works rejected

by the jury of the official Paris Salon.

Amongst the artists at the first exhibition,

held in 1863 by command of Napoleon III,

were Camille Pissarro, Henri Fantin-Latour,

James M. Whistler and Edouard Manet, whose work

'Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe'

was officially regarded as "an affront to taste".

The Salon des Refuses is officially opened with speeches

by Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell

- who suggested North Lismore should now be known as the Parisian end of town -

Serpentine member and successful Portrait Prize 2011 entrant Oliver Wilcox

and Serpentine committee member Corinne Batt-Rawden.

Artworks and the 'good time' feeling are enjoyed by all.

  Perhaps in homage to the marriage of 'Will and Kate' that day, Mayor Jenny Dowell and art lover Scott Harrower treated

us to a 'right royal' comic moment. Viewers move slowly around the gallery as the Artist Statements add to their understanding of the subjects and the works.

Salon des Refuses

at the Serpentine Community Gallery is

held in conjunction with:

The Northern Rivers

Portrait Prize 2011

Armistead's

Quality Picture Framing and Gallery

131 Molesworth Street, Lismore

(02) 6622 2209

artgallery@lismore.nsw.gov.au