ART ABOUNDS: Artist John Millington in one of the rooms filled with art ready for his open house at Palmers Island this weekend.
ART ABOUNDS: Artist John Millington in one of the rooms filled with art ready for his open house at Palmers Island this weekend. Adam Hourigan

Give the gift of the Clarence Valley this Christmas

TRYING to find Christmas gifts with some meaning is not easy but Palmers Island artist John Millington is doing his best to add some Clarence-inspired variety to your choices.

The noted multimedia painter, screenprint maker, arts journalist and author is having an art sale at his 100-year-old cottage over the next two weekends, and his partner and former art gallery director Jann O'Connor couldn't be happier to reclaim her living space.

"It's like one big clothesline inside with all the art hanging up. It's only a little cottage and at the moment it is wallpapered with art," Jann said.

"John has been very busy making some exquisite little images of the Lower Clarence. It's all shrink-wrapped and ready to frame in the style of your decor."

The "affordable and negotiable" art works feature scenes from Ashby to Angourie looking over Green Point, Back Beach, Iluka, Woody Head and Red Rock, "beautiful beach and bush images", as well a range of works and mediums from John's extensive career.

John Millington is an award-winning artist who has taken out more than 60 prizes during his career, including the Tattersalls Invitational Landscape, the richest at its time, and the Gold Coast City Prize on several occasions. He is a former commercial art and fine art alumni of Sydney's National Art School, both as a student and lecturer throughout the 1960s, and was head of art at the prestigious GPS Southport School where he taught for 12 years.

His work also been collected by famous names including author Colleen McCullough and actor Rod Steiger and represented in most Queensland Regional Gallery collections and in Northern NSW including Grafton, where a large retrospective was held last year.

John will be selling a range of watercolours, drawings, pastels, hand-made screen prints and paintings in oil and acrylics in varying sizes from 'telephone book' to 'wall filler'.

"There is no official opening or formalities, just drop in."


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