Gully Gang Exhibition
In October the group of painting friends known as the Gully Gang will hold its tenth and final exhibition at the Raglan Gallery in Cooma. David Marr, the well-known journalist and author, has succumbed to popular demand and will officially open the exhibition at 3 pm on Saturday 12 October.
After a series of informal painting weekends years ago, the group decided that having to meet an annual deadline would encourage members to make time for painting during the year, regardless of other commitments. This motivation has resulted in nine very successful exhibitions.
The group was shocked and saddened in February by the death of David Morgan. Always a “last-minute” gangster, David had not completed works for this exhibition because he was preoccupied with extensive renovations. However, in the midst of all the building chaos, he had effortlessly painted three doors in his quirky style. As a memorial tribute to David, one of these will be displayed at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
In addition to the annual Coopes Challenge, for which each artist must paint to a given theme, there is another challenge for this final year – a BIG painting. Such a radical change of format can prove quite daunting, and it will be fascinating to see how each person responds.