“Spring Fling” headlines a huge start to September in Moree

MOREE Cultural Art Foundation board is preparing for one of its biggest fundraiser events of the year at Moree Plains Gallery – and a huge start to spring for the Moree district.

The 2016 Spring Fling on Friday, September 2 headlines a busy events’ schedule for the month of September.

Foundation chairman Hugh Livingston said Spring Fling will feature an exhibition of botanical photographs by artist Carolyn Young as well as a concert under the stars with singer-songwriter Hester Fraser.

“We are thrilled to host these talented artists as we celebrate the first weekend of spring,” Mr Livingston said.


Hester Fraser will make her Moree debut at Moree Plains Gallery ‘s Spring Fling on Friday, September 2. (Image: YouTube)

Carolyn Young, a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at the Australian National University, lives in Wamboin, in the hills north of Canberra and also holds an honours degree in Natural Resources from the University of New England.

“Her artwork examines the interface between art, science and environmental management,” Mr Livingston said.

“For several years she has documented grassy woodlands in NSW and Victoria. She uses a repetitive still life structure to highlight the change in plant diversity as land management strategies evolve. “Her artworks are beautiful and poignant, urging viewers to reflect on the past, present and future of these ecosystems,” he said.

For the past two years Hester Fraser, granddaughter of former Prime Minister, the late right honourable Malcolm Fraser, has captivated audiences as a finalist in the Toyota Busking Championships at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Earlier this year she won the prestigious People’s Choice Award and the Spring Fling will be her first performance in Moree.

“Hester’s songs tell stories of love, life and adventure, painting vibrant pictures of the Australian bush,” Mr Livingston said.

“In early 2014 she toured NSW with her debut release Dust, raising funds and awareness for drought in rural areas.

“Hester gained national recognition following the release of The Camellia Tree, a musical tribute to her grandfather’s life and legacy,” he said.

Tickets for Spring Fling are just $50 each and include a complimentary drink and canapes.

A cash bar and dinner will also be available.

Tickets can be purchased at Moree Plains Gallery on the corner of Heber and Frome Streets or prospective attendees can call 6757 3320 for more information.

Also scheduled for the start of spring is the official opening of the Moree Water Park on Saturday, September 3 and the following day – Fathers’ Day – the Moree Race Club hosts its signature Moree Cup meeting with nearly $200,000 prize money.

Also on the morning of Fathers’ Day is the September Moree Markets at Jellicoe Park, featuring a huge motor show and motor trade exhibition.

For three days from Friday, September 9, the inaugural Magic on the Mehi Festival featuring poetry, music and comedy will be held at Wandoona on the Gwydirfield Road just three kilometres from Moree while later in the month St Philomena’s School stages its popular Spring Fair.