Members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association must surely be some of the busiest and most dedicated people in Port Macquarie. For 27 years now, the Association has supported local artists by providing opportunities for members to exhibit and sell their work, and also by running professional development forums, workshops and activities.
We asked Brian Barker, President of the Hastings Valley Fine Arts Association, about The Association’s most recent venture: the Hastings Fine Art Gallery.
Brian, tell us about the gallery and how it came about?
This is the newest and perhaps biggest venture of the Association. For years we have been searching for a home base, where we could run meetings and workshops and have an ongoing exhibition. When the shop in Murray Street became available at a manageable rent, we jumped at the chance to set up our own gallery.
How does the gallery operate?
We are a volunteer community organisation, and it is through the generosity and hard work of our members that this has become possible. The refitting and refurbishing of the space was done by volunteer members and their families.
We have a committee who oversee the hanging and presentation of the artworks. All our members are invited to exhibit, and exhibiting members give approximately a day each month to staff the shopfront.
What type of art will we find in the gallery?
Our members cover a variety of styles and media – from traditional to contemporary and abstract. We cover watercolour, acrylic, oils, pastels, charcoal and drawings, mixed media, plus sculpture and mosaic, a range of cards and small canvases, and unframed works as well, so there is something for everybody.
When are you open and how can people find you?
The Gallery is on the corner of Murray and Sunset Streets, Port Macquarie. We are open to the public each Thursday to Sunday inclusive, from 10am to 4pm. We will also be open on long weekends.
What other Association activities are coming up?
Each year we run a series of special exhibitions. Our next is Framed at The Courthouse, to be held over the long weekend, from September 28 to October 3rd, at Port’s Historic Courthouse in Clarence Street. Then our annual Summer Showcase will be at the Laurieton United Services Club over the New Year period, and this includes the Mid North Coast Art Prize, which is our major prize, open to all Mid North Coast artists.
Another ongoing activity is the Hastings Art Trail, which comprises 12 members with home galleries which are spread throughout the Hastings. Visitors can experience the lovely Hastings countryside while touring the galleries. We do ask that visitors phone in advance to check opening hours.
Where can people find more information about the Art Association and the Exhibitions?
You can look us up at:
For more information, phone Helen Pain
Publicity Officer, 0432 232 054 or
This story was published in issue 82 Port Macquarie